Town crier wanted for proclamations at Mansfield civic events

A town crier is being sought by the council to preside over civic events and make important announcements and proclamations.

By Ben McVay
Saturday, 27th April 2019, 5:01 pm
Updated Saturday, 27th April 2019, 5:04 pm
Mansfield seeks a town crier
Mansfield seeks a town crier

Before widespread literacy town criers were employed to communicate with the people of a town - since many people could not read or write.

Proclamations, local bylaws, market days and adverts were all proclaimed by a bellman or crier.

They carry a handbell to attract people's attention as they shout the words 'oyez, oyez, oyez' - before making their announcements.

Oyez - meaning 'hear ye' derives from the Anglo-Norman word for listen.

In October 2010 there were 144 towns in England and Wales with town criers registered with the Ancient and Honourable Guild of Town Criers

A spokesman for Mansfield District Council said: "Can you command a crowd, project your voice and be heard? Then we need you.

"This is a high profile role for which you’ll receive agreed expenses."

More Information can be found at

To apply email [email protected], call 01623 463301 or post your application video to the council's Facebook page.before May 13.