Town crier Roy set to be new voice of the coast

The new town crier Roy Palmer.
The new town crier Roy Palmer.
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OYEZ! Oyez! Mablethorpe, Sutton on Sea and Trusthorpe now have their own town crier.

Roy Palmer officially began his role last week when he was presented with his official regalia and warrant at the full Mablethorpe Town Council meeting.

Roy, who lives at Reverend Bill Baker Court in Sutton on Sea, dressed as a lord mayor at April’s royal wedding celebrations in the town. And the town council were so impressed that they adopted him as their own town crier, to promote events and provide more interaction with both locals and tourists.

The 72-year-old travelled the world in his army days, but is now keen to give the local area his all as he begins his new role.

Readers may have already seen Roy in his red lord mayor uniform at July’s illuminations switch-on and the Mablethorpe Marathon. But his striking blue regalia, designed by local resident Dennis Joice in the town’s colours, will be clearly seen in the coming months.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” said Roy. “There’s so much going on in the local area over Christmas, and I’m keen to help promote things.”

Originally from Northamptonshire, Roy moved to Sutton on Sea in 2000 with his wife Muriel.

“It’s been well received so far,” added Roy. “Mainly by tourists wanting their picture taken as it’s a very traditional thing.

“But I’m happy to make a fool of myself and I always like to help the local area when I can.”

Roy is thought to be the only town crier left in the local area bar Mike Adams of Alford, who is due to retire in December.

“I believe this is the first time the parish has had an officially recognised town crier and I am sure he will be a valuable resource to the area,” said town clerk Jen Cooper.

Roy can be booked through the town clerk on 01507 329172.