David Craner who retired as Crewkerne’s Town Crier after the lighting up night in November, wishes to thank the community for their support over the years and the town council for his retirement gift. David was presented with a hand-crafted garden spade, engraved with the words ‘David Craner, Crewkerne Town Crier. For your dedicated service to the community of Crewkerne, 2007-2019, Crewkerne Town Council’ at the council’s December meeting. David said: “Thank you to everyone for being so kind and for your comments face to face and online. I am eternally grateful for the support you have shown me. I have enjoyed representing the town in competitions up and down the country, in Europe and hosting the biennial Town Crier’s competition in Crewkerne.”

During his 12 years of loyal service as Town Crier and member of the Ancient and Honourable Guild of Town Criers, David also enjoyed many exchange trips to Crewkerne’s twinning town in France and was made Honorary Town Crier of Igny and Bures-sur-Yvette. David said that he will treasure the precious memories and friendships made both in France and in Crewkerne forever. A keen gardener, he has decided to protect his welcome gift from soil damage and will be displaying it proudly on the wall at his home, alongside the Mayor’s Commendation for Excellence in the Community, which he received at the Annual Town Meeting of Electors in April 2019. Crewkerne Town Council had hoped that someone would have come forward to follow in David’s footsteps but the voluntary position of Town Crier remains available. Anyone interested, please phone 01460 74001 or email

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