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Newbury Town Crier, Brian Sylvester has announced that he will be retiring from his role after 25 years of service to the Town.

Brian Sylvester began his tenure as Newbury Town Crier on 1st April 1999, and has been delivering community updates and announcements as part of his role. Over the years, he has taken part in Mayor Making Ceremonies, Jubilees, community events, local shop openings and has becoming an integral part of the town’s identity, embodying the civic pride of Newbury.

Brian’s unique and resonant voice has echoed through the streets of Newbury, ensuring that residents remained informed about local events, celebrations, and important news. His role extended beyond mere announcements; he served as a symbol of community unity and a reliable source of information.

As Newbury bids farewell, plans are underway to celebrate Brian’s contribution to the Town. Residents are invited to share their memories and photos to express their appreciation for his tireless dedication by sending these to mayor@newbury.gov.uk.

Newbury Town Council will be commencing the search for a successor to carry on the tradition of the Town Crier, as well as searching for a Mace Bearer. Those who may be interested in either role, should visit https://newbury.gov.uk/the-council/vacancies/ where a job description and application form are available.


Elisa Mullen, Civic Manager mayor@newbury.gov.uk 07538 334106

Town Crier Brian Sylvester