Published: April 12, 2010
Burnham town crier's widow presents special donation to charities

The widow of Burnham-On-Sea's late town crier has made a special donation to the town's two marine rescue charities this week.

Shirley Smith has handed BARB and the RNLI £350 following a collection at the funeral of her husband, Fred.

Shirley said: "Fred was a great admirer of Burnham's marine rescue services and would have wanted this money to go to BARB and the RNLI. We are very grateful for the services of both charities."

Mr Smith, who died last October aged 72, was town crier for 24 years.

Shirley, dressed in a traditional town crier's costume, rang Fred's bell during a ceremony outside the BARB headquarters on Burnham seafront on Saturday morning (April 10th) and addressed those present with a customary 'oh yeaz, oh yeaz'.

The ceremony was attended by Burnham's Mayor and Mayoress, Derick and Christine Cooper, BARB President Neville Jones and wife Margo, BARB Chairman Mark Newman, RNLI Chairman Graham Wills, Town Clerk Eileen Shaw and BARB's Steve Perks and Julie Dean.

 


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