Oyez! End may be in sight in Sheringham town crier saga

Sheringham Carnival Parade 2012. Tony Nelson, Sheringham Town Crier.PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Sheringham Carnival Parade 2012. Tony Nelson, Sheringham Town Crier.PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: © ARCHANT NORFOLK PHOTOGRAPHIC

It is a noble tradition with origins dating from medieval times – so when it was suggested that two rival seaside resorts could share a town crier a chorus of consternation ensued.

Now civic pride looks set to be restored in Sheringham after three candidates came forward to fill the role.

The current incumbent Tony Nelson, who is stepping down after 29 years, has been invited to help choose his successor. Sheringham mayor David Gooch mooted the possibility of sharing a crier with Cromer at a town council meeting last month, prompting gasps of indignation and a vote to close proceedings to the public. Harmony now appears to have been restored with a competition proposed to find a replacement for Mr Nelson.

Mr Gooch said: 'We are very hopeful of having a new town crier of our own in the near future.'

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