PORLOCK TOWN CRIER
PORLOCK TOWN CRIER
Serving the historical village of Porlock and the surrounding Porlock Vale, in the Exmoor National Park.
(Even though Porlock is a village, the Crier is always generally referred to as 'The Town Crier')
Appointed to this Honourary Crown Office by Porlock Parish Council in October 2016, Grant Dennis is the present incumbent.
Porlock has a long history of Town Criers, but sadly in the decade or so prior to 2016 the post was basically vacant and filled on an ad-hoc basis for the village carnival. In 2014 Porlock Parish Council resolved to formally bring back the Office of Town Crier. It was in 2016 that the Clerk to the Council proposed that Grant be appointed after seeing his performances at Porlock Apple Press & Rural Crafts Festival, narrating the event and entertaining the crowds with some hearty singing!
Grant Dennis - Porlock Town Crier
Locally and Nationally significant occasions announced in the traditional way.
The audience are gathered-in by the ringing of a bell and the Cry 'Oyez!, oyez!, oyez!'
Porlock Town Crier can be seen leading the annual Porlock Carnival procession, and other community events such as Christmas Late Night Shopping.
Bookings for private events can also be made, such as weddings, birthdays and dinner parties etc. A wonderfully unique way to enhance your special event!
Please make your enquiry using the details on the contact page.
The centenary of the end of the First World War was commemorated at Porlock, as part of this co-ordinated international event.
Images and the script for the Porlock Contribution can be found on the Battle's Over page.
Confirmed dates when Porlock Town Crier can be seen carrying out his duties
(keep checking back regularly for new dates as they are confrimed)...
Saturday 11th May 2019 - A Celebration of Somerset Day
Monday 8th July 2019 - International Town Criers Day
Saturday 7th September - Porlock Carnival 2019