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Town crier reprises history

Warwick town crier Bob Townshend will lead town tours.
Warwick town crier Bob Townshend will lead town tours. Linden Morris

HEAR YE, hear ye! is what Warwick's Town Crier, Bob Townshend, will shout on the streets of Warwick during the 2012 Jumpers and Jazz festival, as Town Crier historic tours are added to this year's program.

Dalveen identity Bob Townshend will use his vast knowledge of Warwick history and its buildings to treat visitors and locals to a half-hour tour of the CBD on Sunday, July 22.

The tours will begin at the Town Hall, venturing around Grafton and Guy streets, passing the post office, Uniting Church, the courthouse, police station and Johnson's building, most of which are heritage listed.

Mr Townshend hopes the informative walkabouts will awaken interest in the town's historic architecture.

"We all pass these monuments every day and it is nice to let people know the history of such buildings so people appreciate them more and take a second look," Mr Townshend said.

"Stop and have a look at the history of this place."

Mr Townshend recently came away from the National Town Crying Championships with a third place in the senior crier category and second place in the loudest overall crier section.

His loudest crier title could come in handy, as Mr Townshend may have to compete with the roar of prestige cars that will be also parade down Palmerin Street on Sunday.

For more information about the festival, call the Warwick Tourism and Events office on 4661 9073.

Topics:  jumpers and jazz in july festival, town crier


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