Mark became Calne Town Crier in January 2008 following the sad passing of the previous Town Crier, John Bridges. Mark had been the Deputy Town Crier since May 2007 after he won a competition to find a deputy for John, who had decided to take a year off for health reasons.
Mark spent the first couple of years in the post performing his duties around the town and at formal Town Council occasions. Then, toward the end of 2009, the Town Clerk informed Mark that he was to host Calne’s first ever Town Criers Competition the following summer! Mark had never even competed before, so to have his first experience of a competition be hosting one in his home town was a daunting prospect!
If you ask Mark what being Calne’s town crier means to him, he will talk of his duty to the town where he grew up. He believes in performing his role as Calne Town Crier and representing Calne at competitions and other events around the country, in that order. Added to that, he has made some very great friends among town criers and their consorts and enjoys spending time in their company. If he wins a trophy or two along the way, that’s a bonus!