Pictured left to right: Councillor Richard Elliot Lockhart, Frank Gunning – Chairman of Royal Burgh of Lanark Community Council, Sylvia Russell – Chairman of Lanark Community Development Trust and Phylip de la Maziere – Lanark’s new Town Crier
Lanark Community Development Trust and Lanark Community Council inducted Phylip de la Maziere as official Town Crier on Saturday morning (25th July) at the Provost’s Lamp outside the Tolbooth.
Sylvia Russell, Chairman of Lanark Community Development Trust, presented Phylip with his letter of appointment and Phylip made this declaration,
“Oyez, Oyez, Oyez,
Good people of the Royal Burgh of Lanark, draw near and bear witness to this public pledge, made before you all upon this twenty-fifth day of July in the year of our Lord 2020. I, Phylip de la Maziere, having been appointed Town Crier of the Royal Burgh of Lanark, do solemnly pledge and promise that I will welcome and greet all people with friendship, regardless of race, creed, colour or culture. I further pledge and promise that wherever I may be, I will uphold and promote the Royal Burgh of Lanark, the people and businesses therein.
I further pledge and promise to fulfill my duties to the best of my ability.
I thank you for attending and witnessing my first official proclamation.”
Phylip then went on to lay two white roses on the William Wallace memorial cairn, one for Wallace and one for his wife, Marion Braidfute.
Phylip has kindly agreed to offer his services as Lanark’s Town Crier free of charge. On Saturday 18th July, Phylip supported local cafe Tea Time with their post-lockdown opening.
Local shops wishing to engage Phylip to advertise their businesses can contract his services for a very reasonable hourly rate. Members of the public can also hire him for matrimonial wake up, master of ceremonies at the reception or corporate events.
Although most people think that Town Criers are usually found in England, Lanark has a long heritage of having a Town Drummer dating from the middle ages.
In the days before TV, radio, Facebook and Twitter, when important announcements had to made to the local populace, The Town Drummer went round the town and made the proclamations by ‘Tuck of Drum’ (drumbeat).
There is no official Town Criers’ Association in Scotland but Phylip and a lady town crier in Findhorn are working together to form a Scottish Town Crier organisation called “The Unicorn, Thistle and Bell”. The motto of this organization will be “Scotland forever heard, forever in my heart.” Its aims will be to promote business, welcome tourists and, most importantly, promote Scotland, its heritage, history and culture.
Businesses who want to make use of the Town Crier’s services can contact him through the Discover Lanark’s BID Manager, Antonia Pompa, on firstname.lastname@example.org