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Town Crier celebrates a fantastic first year in post
Worthing’s Town Crier, Bob Smytherman, has celebrated his first year in post by presenting £1,156, the proceeds from the year’s efforts, to his chosen charity, Guild Care.
As Town Crier, Bob helps raise awareness of the best that Worthing has to offer. From opening shops, and delivering ‘Happy Birthday’ messages, to ringing his bell at popular events such as Worthing Birdman and village fetes. The last Town Crier, Philip Holliday, hung up his bell in the mid 1990s, and since revitalising this historic role with the support of the Town Centre Initiative, Bob has brought new visitors to Worthing with his unique presence in the town.
Town Centre Initiative Manager, Sharon Clarke, said:
“Worthing is so lucky to have a Town Crier as the role helps promote our heritage, vibrancy and community spirit. Bob’s first year as Town Crier has been fantastic. He has helped promote Worthing in his TV and radio appearances and has also supported many charities and community groups. His presence around the town delights visitors and residents alike, and a selfie with the Town Crier is a highlight of any visit to Worthing. The Town Crier is a must for any event, not only will he make sure everyone knows that the event is taking place; he will add some pomp and ceremony to proceedings!”
After a fulfilling year in the role, which began when Bob was cast as the Town Crier in the Worthing Community Play on 14 June 2014, Bob hopes to continue the role for many years to come. For every event Bob attends, he asks for a nominal donation to his chosen charity, Guild Care, which has all contributed to a generous total of £1,156.
“I’m so pleased that the Town Centre Initiative have given me the opportunity to meet so many of the wonderful people of Worthing as Town Crier. During my first year, I’ve done incredible things and I have loved every minute of it. Guild Care is a cause that is close to my heart, and I’m delighted to be able to help support the great work they do in our town through my role as Worthing Town Crier.”
The money Bob has raised will make a real difference to the residents at Caer Gwent, Guild Care’s popular care home on Downview Road, Worthing.
Guild Care’s Media Officer, Polly Bishop, said:
“Thanks to Bob’s support, the residents at Caer Gwent will be able to enjoy outings, entertainment and all the things that give life in a care home that extra sparkle. We are so grateful to Bob, and the Town Centre Initiative, for their continued support of our charity, and the local people who we help. Thank you!”
The Worthing Town Centre Initiative is a not for profit Community Interest Company Co No. 6977508. The company has an objective of developing an interesting and vibrant Town Centre that public want to visit and businesses thrive. We encourage businesses to invest in the Town in which they trade to provide a safe and clean town with lot of free events and activities for the public. All the Directors invest their town free of charge and the organisation does not make a profit but invests its funds in the Town. The Town Crier will help to promote Worthing, provide an attraction to Worthing Charities at no charge and will also generate funds for charities from his commercial services.