Oyez, oyez, oyez! Town crier’s call to vote

Town crier Anthony Church
Town crier Anthony Church

A town crier will be patrolling Aylesbury to encourage people to vote in the county council elections next month.

Anthony Church will be in the town centre on May 1, the day before the elections on May 2, as part of a county council initiative to get more people to vote.

County returning officer Gillian Hibberd said: “We hope this will help remind voters to exercise their democratic right to the full.

“We appreciate many people will be busy but it only takes a couple of minutes to vote and participate in the elections.

“We want as many people as possible to vote.

“This is the first county council election in recent memory which hasn’t been run alongside either a general or European election so it is 
especially important for us to make people aware it is polling day.

“The county council is responsible for a large number of very important local services, and this is your chance to have your say.

“If our town criers jog even a handful of people to go to the polls, it will have all been worth it.”

Mr Church, 60, a professional town crier and toastmaster, said: “I’m proud to be able to come out and support the county in encouraging people to vote and have a say in what goes on in their community.”

There will be a voting hotline on the day.

People who need information about the elections or where and how to vote can call 08453708090 or 01296 395000.

Telephone lines are open 9am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday.

‘Oyez’ is the traditional call of town criers and means ‘stop, what you’re doing’, in French.