Published: June 9, 2011
Council cuts rule out appointment of Burnham-On-Sea town crier

Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge will be without a town crier for at least another year due to the high costs of employing one, the Town Council has decided this week.

A meeting of councillors on Monday approved a recommendation from the council's own Policy Finance Committee not to appoint one.

"Having given consideration to the need for a crier, their duties, expenses, regalia, payment and recruitment, members felt this was not an appropriate time to consider the recruitment of a Town Crier," a spokesman told

The council decided that the decision will be reviewed each year.

Burnham and Highbridge's last crier, Fred Smith, died in 2009 after 24 years in the role. He became crier in 1985 after the town council revived the position following a period of around 50 years with no-one in the role.

Pictured: Burnham's last Town Crier, the late Fred Smith, who died in 2009

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