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Meet Medway's new town crier

7 December 2017

Oyez, oyez, oyez! Medway Council has appointed a new town crier.

Mike Billingham, who lives in Chatham, will take on the prestigious role.

The 73-year-old was born in Gillingham and lived in Spain for eight years before coming back to Chatham. He will be given a Regency-style uniform, bell and scroll, and will become a regular face at events and festivals across Medway.

The council recruited a new town crier after the death of Frank ‘Robin’ Burfoot in March. Robin was appointed to the post in 2004 and became an iconic figure of Rochester.

Mike will continue his legacy and attend festivals, functions and school fetes.

'I can't wait to start'

He said: “I am really looking forward to my new role. I have lots of broadcasting experience: I currently volunteer at Hospital Radio Medway and had some cabaret spots when I lived in Spain.”

Mike applied for the role after his daughter sent him a text to say she had found him a new job whilst he was at an RAF reunion. He added: “I applied immediately and I can’t wait to start.”

'Mike will welcome visitors from around the world to Medway'

Cllr Howard Doe, Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “Medway is steeped in history and we are pleased that Mike has been appointed and that we will keep the traditional presence of a town crier. He will serve the local community and welcome visitors from around the world to Medway. I wish Mike the best of luck and look forward to seeing him at Medway’s festivals.”