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The Alnwick Town Crier

Before G-Mail

Oyez, Oyez, Oyez Lords, Ladies, Gentlefolk now, please hear my tale. Of an age long past, before even G-mail In those days there was no Facebook, YouTube or Netflix No one had yet heard of special effect tricks There was no mobile phone or even TV I hear you ask, ' now how on earth could that be? How would people hear the news about their town?' It's all down my friends, to some men of renown. Known as bell men and others as town criers, they brought us the news and they were not liars. They would stand on a corner, ringing their bell, When they woke the sleeping there was merry hell. In these days the skill would quite be forgotten If not for those to whom we are begotten. God save the Queen and the Lord of this manor. .

ANCIENT TOWNCRIERS

Oyez, Oyez, Oyez Lords, Ladies, Gentlefolk I speak from the heart, telling the story of the towncrier's art. Ancient Romans, they had their own Town Criers warning of battles or fierce household fires. By the term 'praecones' they were at that time known and due respect for them just had to be shown. On Nundiea which was the eighth day of the week people came to the town and would hear them speak. A gruesome murder of course, always made news. Political intrigue, whatever your views it was best to play your cards close to your chest or run the risk of being under arrest. Those citizens who refused to tow the line were sentenced to death or they faced a huge fine. Saxon town criers also practiced their skill telling people of the invasion of Will. In Ten Sixty Six when the Conqueror came they were right there to tell people of the same. Towncriers are to be found on the Bayeaux Tapestry. This is an ancient practice as you can see. In days gone past town criers would test the beer to check its taste you could enjoy without fear. Rascally taverners who watered it down were soon shown that they had no place in the town. For all these reasons I am proud of the part that I am honured to play in this ancient art. God save the Queen and the Lord of this manor.