Sidney, B.C.; On July 9th at 9:30 am, Mayor Steve Price and Sidney Town Crier, Kenny Podmore will meet at the front entrance of the Town Hall to proclaim the second Monday in July as “International Town Criers Day” in Sidney. Media and the public are welcome to join the Mayor and Town Crier as they recognize this unsung holiday.
The Town of Sidney’s research discovered that International Town Criers Day originated right here in Canada. It was initiated by Waterloo resident and Town Crier, Scott Fraser who, back in 1996 discovered that amongst the many and varied holidays in the world, there was nothing to recognize the centuries-old profession of Town Criers. Fraser was prompted to submit an application, to the Chase’s Calendar of Events (the ultimate go-to guide for special days, weeks, and months) and was delighted to have his application approved. Since that time, International Town Criers Day has been celebrated annually on the second Monday of July and this year, the Town of Sidney is proclaiming it as such.
Mayor Steve Price states, “Sidney has had a Town Crier since 1991. It is a position appointed by Council and one that carries with it a long tradition. Our current Crier, Kenny Podmore does an outstanding job of representing and promoting our community as an ambassador. Therefore, I think it’s time we recognize his efforts and those of Town Criers across the Country through this proclamation”.
Sidney’s first Town Crier was Bert Stevens who was appointed on June 24, 1991 during the 10100th-anniversary celebration of the founding of Sidney. Kenny Podmore was appointed as Deputy Town Crier in 1998 and on December 1, 2003 he was appointed as Sidney’s Official Town Crier, a role he continues to carry out.
For more information about Sidney’s Town Criers and the history of Town Criers, see the Town of Sidney’s website.