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Crying on the Beach

As a Town Crier I get asked to cry in some pretty unusual places. It was exactly a year ago that my wife and I visited the Dominican Republic. I do enjoy foreign holidays and as an English Town Crier, I take every opportunity to do my bit to foster good international relations, as you can see below.

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On the boat trip, we struck up a friendship with a lovely couple from the Midlands. During the course of conversation we learned that this very day was their fifth wedding anniversary! Here is a photo of the happy couple with my wife, June.

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“Oh, how wonderful…… congratulations”, we exclaimed as we guzzled our way through our third “Santo Libre” (I think that’s what they called it) – a most pleasant concoction of Caribbean Rum and Sprite. Highly drinkable I might add. June also insisted that I should “do a cry” for them to mark the occasion, explaining to them that I am a Town Crier, who does a lot of this sort of thing……..

Kim and Phil thought it was a novel idea. Now how fortuitous is that – to have a Town Crier handy on your beach to announce your wedding anniversary. By this time I was well into my fourth Rum and Sprite and had completely lost any inhibitions.

So, without any regalia, no bell, scroll or tricorne, I stepped forward on a beautiful sandy beach, up to my knees in water wearing only shorts and perhaps, rather appropriately, one of my particularly LOUD shirts. My sun hat standing in for a tricorn. (I love my San Francisco Rain Forest Café sun hat!)

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With a sharp intake of breath, I bellowed a hearty “OYEZ, OYEZ, OYEZ!” at the top of my voice, startling a good many sunbathers and swimmers, I might add!2017-09-02 (1)(video excerpt)

So there you have it……… an impromptu proclamation, in the blazing sun, on a sandy Caribbean beach, by the palm trees. It doesn’t get a lot better than this.

Incidentally, the video of the full cry is on my Facebook page……. if you haven’t fallen asleep yet. (see Photos>Albums>Videos).

It’s only the little backwards stagger at the end of the cry that shows you just how intoxicated I must have been!

 

 

 

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