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Hear Ye! Ipswich holds auditions for town crier

Cr Heather Morrow, Mayor Paul Pisasale and Cr Paul Tully try thier hand at being town crier during the auditions held on Wednesday morning.
Cr Heather Morrow, Mayor Paul Pisasale and Cr Paul Tully try thier hand at being town crier during the auditions held on Wednesday morning. Rob Williams

IT'S a job that requires a love of costume, a dramatic flair and a big pair of lungs.

Ipswich is on the hunt for a new 'loud mouth' to fill the role of town crier.

The position became available after our last official town crier, Mark Overell, hung up his hat and bell last year.

Mr Overell held the job for 25 years and said there was more to the role than making proclamations on ceremonial occasions.

"As well as a loud, clear voice, a good town crier should also have a love for the city and know a bit about its history," he said.

"As town crier, you are essentially a tourism ambassador for Ipswich and represent the city and its people."

Mr Overell was also president of the Town Criers Association and even took part in international town crier competitions.

The search for the next town crier kicked off yesterday, with auditions held outside the River 949 studios in North Ipswich.

The judging panel was made up of Ipswich councillors Paul Tully, Heather Morrow and mayor Paul Pisasale. Cr Pisasale said he felt it was important to keep the tradition going.

He said the role wasn't limited to men and invited women to apply for the job as well.

"Having a strong passion for Ipswich is just as important as having a strong voice," he said.

Cr Pisasale said the crier would play a key role in a number of high profile Ipswich events during the year.

He said he hoped to have the position filled in time for a crier to lead the Ipswich Festival Parade in May.

Cr Pisasale said The Council would provide the iconic bell and costume required for the role.

He said anyone interested, should contact their local councillor or email council@ipswich.qld.gov.au.

Town Crier Facts:

  • The "Oyez, oyez, oyez!" that often introduces announcements is Anglo-Norman for "Listen!".
  • Each town crier is officially appointed by the mayor. The style of uniforms is authentic and dates back to the 17th Century.

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