Taxpayers will foot bill for town crier

Dear Sir, — At the town meeting on 23rd May, it was announced that the existing town crier and mace bearer, Doug Parker, was retiring from the role and that his replacement would be former councillor Paul Bates.
Having spoken to a number of people following the meeting, there appears to be some concern that the post was not advertised so I asked the question of the chief officer, who advised me that Mr Bates had been acting as deputy and automatically took up the post on the resignation of the existing town crier. 

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