Oyez, oyez, oyez: Why Pontefract heritage group brought back town crier for their Yorkshire community

Eighteen months ago, a community group took the decision to revive a centuries-old tradition by reinstating a town crier in their area. Laura Drysdale explores why.
It may have been more commonplace in medieval England, but even today, the shout of “oyez, oyez, oyez” is unmistakable as the call of a town crier.
Derived from Old French, it loosely means “hear me” - and, usually accompanied by the ringing of a bell, it still has people stopping in their tracks to await the ritual announcement that follows.
“[A town crier] is a visual presence and a verbal presence,” says John Robinson, the... read more

 
16 January 2019 in Yorkshire & Humber, Views: 15
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