Oyez Oyez! Entertainer puts his name forward to become March’s town crier - and he’ll do it for free
THE man who wants to be March’s official town crier has made his pitch for the job.
Entertainer Robert Freeman says he would be happy to take on the role indefinitely and strut his stuff at community events, business openings and visits by dignitaries all year round.
The 70-year-old was turned down for the high-profile role last year because of cost reasons. However, he says he would be happy to perform the civic duties for free.
All he needs is a �350 costume bearing March’s town colours to look the part – and of course his characteristic confidence and strong voice.
Mr Freeman said: “You’ve got to be a bit showbiz. You can’t be timid, you’ve got to be bold and not be afraid to stand up and project yourself.
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“It is not just a case of dressing up. You have got to act and believe that you are the town crier.”
The boy magician, who turned professional in 1970, was the British Tourist Authority’s Jester for Britain for about 15 years, travelling across Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
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He moved to Fenland in 2007 and has continued his performance roles, carrying out town crier duties in Luton for the past two years.
Mr Freeman takes his vocals to Solihull this year but hopes March will take up his services at some point during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year.
Until now town criers have been imported from other areas as and when they have been needed in the Fens.
Mr Freeman said: “The tradition of town criers goes back centuries. For many places, they are a permanent part of the scene. March is trying to develop tourism so this would be a great way to help.”