Dorchester appoints new town crier after tough interview process

OYEZ! Oyez! Dorchester has a new town crier – Anthony Harrison.

Anthony came out on top after a rigorous selection process, which included a trial cry in the town centre that won over a panel of councillors.

He faced stiff competition from five other applicants, but has been selected to start in the role once his appointment receives the final stamp of approval from Dorchester Town Council on March 23.

Anthony said: “I am delighted to take on the responsibility as Dorchester’s town crier after Alistair’s (Chisholm) magnificent tenure and record-equalling championship titles.

“I am excited to explore new ways to enhance Dorchester’s reputation both for residents and visitors by promoting the town’s rich heritage and highlighting the many great reasons why Dorchester is a fantastic place to work, live and visit.

“I have lots of new ideas and will be working with the many other individuals and bodies who are keen to help Dorchester thrive and blossom. In particular, I think there is a great deal we can do to inspire the younger generation of residents to learn, share and shape the future of the town to make sure it is as relevant this century as it has been for the previous 30 or 40.”

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Cllr Chisholm, the former town crier, welcomed Anthony’s appointment.

He said: “I am pleased there was healthy competition for the post of Dorchester town crier following my retirement from the role at the start of the year.

“However, I must admit to being somewhat disappointed there were no women expressing an interest in this unique opportunity.

Alistair Chisholm has retired from the role of town crier in Dorchester

Alistair Chisholm has retired from the role of town crier in Dorchester

“All six candidates had a variety of points in their favour and choosing who was the most suitable was not easy.

“In much the same way as I learned more about the ‘extreme sport’ of town crying as time went on, and developed the role of crier to reflect the town’s situation at any given moment, so too may my successor, Anthony Harrison.

“I wish him the very best of luck and I look forward to this most ancient and traditional of positions continuing to play an important part in the promotion of the county town’s future.”

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