The Town Crier
Royal Wootton Bassett Town Crier & Swordbearer, Owen Collier has held the position of Deputy Town Crier and the full position of Town Crier since 2000 on a voluntary basis. He accompanies the Mayor on many ceremonial occasions.
The public can see the Town Crier on the High Street on Wednesdays and Saturdays, come rain or shine to promote the Charter Market on Wednesdays, Town Museum, local community groups and businesses.
He is currently the Chairman of the The Ancient & Honorable Guild of Town Criers and competes in Town Crier competitions across the County.
Royal Wootton Bassett Town Crier Competition 2020
Due to the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic and based on the guidelines from the Government and Public Health England, it is with a heavy heart and regret that the Town Crier, Owen Collier has made the decision to cancel this year’s biennial Royal Wootton Bassett Town Crier Competition that was to be held on Saturday 19th September 2020.
Despite the current situation and regulations, it was hoped the restrictions would have eased enough for the competition to run in a safe but enjoyable manner for all entrants, but it was felt this cannot be achieved this year.
The next Town Crier Competition had been scheduled to take place on Saturday 17th September 2022 however, due to the sad passing of Her Majesty The Queen, the competition was cancelled. A new date is currently being looked into.
Owen would like to thank Town Criers across the UK and residents of the town for the continued support he has received and wishes one and all to take care and stay safe.
Owen held Ghost Walks on Thursday 12th November 2019 and Tuesday 29th October 2019, both nights were brilliant. Owen would like to thank all who came and donated. £200 was raised for the Mayor’s Charity, The Richard Jones Foundation and £66 for the Museum and Heritage Group.