Town crier Ian Bedwell makes his first proclamation to announce the 2018 Uckfield Festival outside Hartfields

Uckfield Town Crier needs a higher profile

More work is needed to raise the profile of Uckfield’s Town Crier.

The post was created by the town council and Ian Bedwell was appointed the first ‘Crier’ in April last year.

His initial ‘Cries’ were to promote that year’s Uckfield Festival.

Councillors on Monday night (October 28) reviewed the first full year of his duties and suggested ways in which more people could be attracted to listen and watch the Town Crier in action.

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Town crier Ian Bedwell outside Bridge Cottage

Uckfield Town Clerk, Holly Goring, said in a report:

“The role has been well received by community groups, but further work is still required to communicate the schedule of the Town Crier and ensure there is adequate footfall on the High Street when he is communicating these messages.

“Support is required from those who book or request the services of the Town Crier to drum up support and inform the public that he will be present that day or weekend.

“It may also be necessary to investigate the best time of day and location for the ‘Cry’.

Uckfield Town Crier, Ian Bedwell, starts the 2019 Uckfield Carnival

Uckfield Town Crier, Ian Bedwell, starts the 2019 Uckfield Carnival first procession

Councillors put forward various ideas which will be further considered.

They included:

  • Asking groups which asked for ‘Cries’ to send representatives to hear Mr Bedwell in action;
  • Better advertising and publicising the times and dates of “Crying’ on social media
  • Seeking to make the announcements more of an event with other entertainment to help attract a crowd;
  • Try and get greater interaction and involve more people.

Town mayor, Cllr Spike Mayhew, thanked the Town Crier for his work.

The town clerk will now consider the ideas put forward by councillors.

• Local community groups have requested the Town Crier to promote their events and he has also sought to attend more formal occasions including Uckfield Carnival and late night shopping.

The town council has also received requests from outside of the town for his services and he read the Sussex Charter for Crowborough in June, and attended the High Hurstwood summer fete.

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