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Town Crier receives a Big Cheer

Oyez, oyez, oyez! Warwick School students received a public news announcement in true historical style.

All the boys gathered at the school to hear the annual address from the Warwick Town Crier, Michael Reddy. The Town Crier requested that the Head Master grant permission for an extra week’s holiday at half-term for the boys. This was greeted with huge cheers from the gathered pupils.

Traditions at Warwick School are of particular importance and the invitation to the Town Crier is one that has been kept for many a year, dating back to at least 1912.

In the middle ages a Town Crier would have been the main means of important news communication, announcing in public as many people couldn’t read or write.

Michael Reddy commented, “Incredible generosity from the pupils and staff at Warwick School, as we were taken from classroom to classroom, me holding out my Tricorn hat for the charity that will bring together and feed 80 local people that would otherwise be on their own this Christmas Day. As it got heavier and heavier I knew it was a big amount, but was blown away by the final count £595. Thank you all so much.”

The charity Warwick Town Christmas Lunch, only started up last year, was created to provide a Christmas Lunch to help combat Festive Loneliness and in addition Christmas dinners were given to Leamington Night Shelter to hand out. Last year was a great success and the hope that donations and support will enable this year to be equally successful.