Chester Town Crier

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August, 2021

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Before the days of newspapers, television and the internet, news was passed on by word of mouth and particularly by the town crier.

Chester is the only place in Britain to have retained this tradition of regular midday proclamations at a fixed place and time. The “Town Crier”: still proclaims at the Cross in the centre of Chester every Tuesday to Saturday, June to August, at noon, at the Chester Cross (11am on Race Days).

It is a popular tourist event and is now much more of a tourist experience than proclamation of news as the town crier interacts with his audience, finding out names and where they come from. As visitors come from all over the world, this leads to a lot of light hearted banter. You can contact the Town Crier in advance to welcome you by name and mention your birthday, anniversary etc.

You may only want to listen for a short time, but it is something to be experienced


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