Oyez! Oyez! New town crier for Petworth Fair

Mike Hubbard, right, former Town Crier passes his task to Nigel Flynn.ks1500581
Mike Hubbard, right, former Town Crier passes his task to Nigel Flynn.ks1500581

PETWORTH’S new town crier has been getting a few tips from an old hand as he prepares for his first big night.

Nigel Flynn has taken over the role from Mike Hubbard who has retired due to ill health after eight years in the job.

But he has taken time out to talk Nigel through his debut event, Petworth’s historic annual fair, which takes place tonight, Friday November 20.

Nigel is relishing his new job and reckons he has some great experience to stand him in good stead: “As a headmaster I was used to attracting attention,” he said.

“I know I won’t be able to sing as well as Mike who is famous as the singing postman of Lodsworth, but I hope I can live up to his standards for town crying.”

Chairman of Petworth Society Peter Jerrome said: “Our previous two town criers were very individual characters and I have every reason to believe Nigel will follow in the tradition of his predecessors.”

He will herald the start of the fair in full costume wielding his town crier’s bell in Market Square at 3pm.

The fun begins in The Leconfield Hall where there will be many stalls to interest visitors and singing by Petworth Primary School.

At 4pm the Punch and Judy show takes place and it 7.30pm Petworth Town Band will perform.

The band will then go outside for the traditional act of defiance with a rendering of ‘Sussex By The Sea’ on the gallopers.

The band’s special ceremony has taken place ever since 2006 when vandals set fire to the gallopers.

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