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Oh ye Oh ye - Mablethorpe town crier moves away but still hopes to continue the role

Town crier Roy Palmer still hope he will be able to carry on with his role within Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea despite his move to Skegness.

Town crier Roy Palmer still hope he will be able to carry on with his role within Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea despite his move to Skegness.

 

Town crier Roy Palmer has moved on to pastures new in Skegness, but fear not this popular figure of the town still hopes to continue the role.

The 75-year-old has been a consistent figurehead and is always seen ringing his bell and citing his official proclamations at many of the town’s annual events.

Roy and his wife Muriel never stay in the same place for long after having moved 36 times in the last 50 years.

The couple came to live in Lincolnshire in 2000 and have lived in Mablethorpe and Huttoft before they ended up in Sutton on Sea.

With the couple moving only 14.6 miles to Skegness, Roy is hoping he can travel back and fourth to continue to appear at the many popular events he attends in Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea.

Roy told the Leader: “We are moving to Skegness as we fancied a change.

“But I am hoping to keep travelling back to continue the job with the hope of trying to gain a bit of funding to help me cover my travel expenses.

“I do this role totally on a voluntary basis, but I get some funding to help me purchase my official outfit.”

Roy begin his role as town crier in April 2011 and got the gig off the back of the big royal wedding and has been doing a number of events ever since including 100th birthdays, shop openings, anniversaries and all of the town’s official annual engagements.

Last year alone Roy did 110 individual jobs.

Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea Town Council town clerk, Steve Fletcher confirmed the town crier’s departure. He added: “Yes, unfortunately the town crier is moving to Skegness and will be a great loss to the area.

“Roy carries out the role on a voluntary basis and was given funding from the town council towards the purchase of uniform items in 2012 and 2013.

“Roy has now made the commitment to return and has asked for support and this will go before the town council in February.”

Roy also said: “I would hate to leave the role as I really enjoy my job and love the people of Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea.

One of my favourite proclamations is from 2012 when children from Belarus came to visit the resort and I did a piece of my proclamation to them in Belarusian which they loved, it was a very special day.”

 

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