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  • "Can I clear a few points up please. First of all, Darwen Local History Society is still alive and well and still active. I am a member.

    The Local History Society didn't purchase the Town Crier Outfit, this was hand crafted by Dot Waring of Darwen Research Group. The History Group have had no input into the Town Crier. Darwen Research Group also purchased the hat and commissioned the replica bell. Darwen Research Group own the outfit and the bell.

    At Mr Meleady's request, the town council took over the booking of engagements.

    Dot has a life, and snide comments will not affect her. I am not afraid of giving my name at the end of this comment but everyone else wants to hide behind non de plumes. Pauline Hodkinson"
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Darwen recruiting a new town crier

Blackburn Citizen: LETTER Coun Anthony Meleady LETTER Coun Anthony Meleady

THE future of Darwen’s town crier has been clarified.

Last week confusion reigned after members of the Darwen Research Group, which is in charge of the role, said Coun Anthony Meleady had verbally resigned prior to Friday’s Olympic bell ringing event.

But Coun Meleady hit back, saying he had only said he didn’t want to look after the uniform any more.

Yesterday, Dot Waring of the research group, said that a final decision had been reached.

She said: “A letter has been sent to Councillor Meleady by our secretary, saying that we accept his resignation.

“We will now be going through the proper routes to recruit a new town crier.”

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