New Doncaster town (or city!) crier all set to follow in dad's foosteps

A new town crier – or should that be city crier – is set to follow in her dad’s footsteps by ringing the bell for Doncaster’s Jubilee celebrations.

By Darren Burke
Tuesday, 24th May 2022, 11:43 am

Anita Johnson will take up the mantle for the Jubilee weekend in June – and it will be poignant as she follows her late father into the role.

"My dad Ted Corney was town crier for Doncaster from 1982 to early 2003 and I have very fond memories of joining him at events around the country representing the borough as our town crier" said Anita.

"In December 1986, he was requested to do a cry to welcome Her Majesty on her visit to Doncaster. It will be a real honour to take on the role and I hope I do him proud.”

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Anita Johnson will follow her dad Ted Corney into the role of town crier.

Anita stepped forward for the role when the winner of the appeal for a new town crier became unavailable as she felt this once in a lifetime event warranted marking in the traditional way.