Published: July 14, 2010
Burnham-On-Sea will be without town crier for another year

Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge will be without an official Town Crier until next Spring at the earliest, councillors have decided.

Town councillors have decided not to appoint a replacement for the former town crier Fred Smith (pictured), who died last year, partly due to their financial restraints.

Town clerk Eileen Shaw told "The decision has been made out of deference for Fred and also for economic reasons."

"Councillors feel now is not a good time to be allocating money towards the role."

She added that the decision will be re-considered again by the next council when it is appointed next April. Mr Smith died last October after being Town Crier for 24 years.

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