Bells ringing out for city status bid

Doncaster Town Crier, Henry Cryer, is at Doncaster Market as part of an Easter Day. Picture: Andrew Roe
Doncaster Town Crier, Henry Cryer, is at Doncaster Market as part of an Easter Day. Picture: Andrew Roe

OYEZ, oyez! Doncaster’s ye olde town crier is urging everybody in this fair borough to throw their weight behind the bid for city status.

For Henry Cryer, who can be heard shouting out town centre information to visitors every weekend, has penned a special cry to help Doncaster become the country’s newest city.

The Queen will bestow the honour on one lucky town as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations next year.

And the booming bellman hopes his new cry, which he says promotes the borough and its city credentials, will get even more Doncaster residents to back the bid.

Henry, who was appointed Doncaster’s official town cryer last year, said: “In the cry I beg the good people of Doncaster to support the bid.

“In my opinion Doncaster has got many assets which are worthy of city status. One of the best is the Mansion House, which is one of only three in the country.

“We’ve got a minster church, we’ve got a market which is one of the best in this fair land.

“We’ve also the oldest horse racing classic in the country - the St Leger - so there’s plenty here.

“Getting city status would only be a good thing for Doncaster.”

Bosses behind the borough’s bid submitted Doncaster’s application last month.

Around 30 towns are thought to have staked their claim, with Doncaster among the early favourites.

Residents can still play their part by following the campaign on Facebook and Twitter.

Henry’s cry can also be seen on YouTube.