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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7:29pm Tue 31 Jul 12

louderfasterlonger says...

It's a little difficult to understand this one, Darwen Historical Society purchased a uniform and appointed a Town Crier in 2009, then ceased to exist as a Society in 2009 after a committee fallout.

The uniform fell to Darwen Research Group who relinquished the responsibility for engagements by the Crier to Darwen Town Council at the end of 2011.

Darwen Research Group fall out with the Town Crier and accept his resignation which, he alleges was never offered in the first place.

One would hope that Darwen Town Council will distance itself completely from the debacle.

And by the way Mr Meleady is no longer a councillor as he stepped down in May. However, he has volunteered his time in this role since it's inception and should be appreciated as such.

The common denominator in this seems to be Mrs Waring.
It's a little difficult to understand this one, Darwen Historical Society purchased a uniform and appointed a Town Crier in 2009, then ceased to exist as a Society in 2009 after a committee fallout. The uniform fell to Darwen Research Group who relinquished the responsibility for engagements by the Crier to Darwen Town Council at the end of 2011. Darwen Research Group fall out with the Town Crier and accept his resignation which, he alleges was never offered in the first place. One would hope that Darwen Town Council will distance itself completely from the debacle. And by the way Mr Meleady is no longer a councillor as he stepped down in May. However, he has volunteered his time in this role since it's inception and should be appreciated as such. The common denominator in this seems to be Mrs Waring. louderfasterlonger
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11:01pm Tue 31 Jul 12

happycyclist says...

Bert gets my vote for the job.
Bert gets my vote for the job. happycyclist
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11:09am Wed 1 Aug 12

jackmetickler says...

He didnt offer his resignation, he just said that they should take responsibility for the uniform ...... sounds like Dot is bending the truth for her own ends..... maybe Anthony did not tow her line....

Would you work for her?
He didnt offer his resignation, he just said that they should take responsibility for the uniform ...... sounds like Dot is bending the truth for her own ends..... maybe Anthony did not tow her line.... Would you work for her? jackmetickler
  • Score: -4

12:26pm Wed 1 Aug 12

Bluegoose says...

Give it to Paul Bronwe the voice of Darwen.
Give it to Paul Bronwe the voice of Darwen. Bluegoose
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2:07pm Thu 2 Aug 12

Your ferret stinks says...

Bluegoose wrote:
Give it to Paul Bronwe the voice of Darwen.
Bet they would love to, only problem is the uniform is way to big for PB however i bet the hat fits!
PB would look like one of santa's little helpers in that get up!
Typical darwen, some things never change. Now let's go to the pub!
[quote][p][bold]Bluegoose[/bold] wrote: Give it to Paul Bronwe the voice of Darwen.[/p][/quote]Bet they would love to, only problem is the uniform is way to big for PB however i bet the hat fits! PB would look like one of santa's little helpers in that get up! Typical darwen, some things never change. Now let's go to the pub! Your ferret stinks
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9:21pm Sun 5 Aug 12

Unhappycyclist says...

Mrs Waring needs to step back and take a long look at herself. The post of Town Crier has a long tradition in this country. Her beef has always been with the uniform, and who supplied it and should control it.

Mrs. Waring. Did you resign from Darwen Historical Society in December 2009 saying "But now it’s time for me to walk away"?

Woman. Its a four year old suit of clothes, made for a man who has done a lot for Darwen as town crier, without remuneration. Take the suit back if you will, bit I'll tell you something. You'll never get a man to fill Mr Meleady's shoes in this job, let alone the suit.

Get a life.
Mrs Waring needs to step back and take a long look at herself. The post of Town Crier has a long tradition in this country. Her beef has always been with the uniform, and who supplied it and should control it. Mrs. Waring. Did you resign from Darwen Historical Society in December 2009 saying "But now it’s time for me to walk away"? Woman. Its a four year old suit of clothes, made for a man who has done a lot for Darwen as town crier, without remuneration. Take the suit back if you will, bit I'll tell you something. You'll never get a man to fill Mr Meleady's shoes in this job, let alone the suit. Get a life. Unhappycyclist
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8:38am Sat 11 Aug 12

Winnie6 says...

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
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 Winnie6
  • Score: 3

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