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Town CrierSidney's Town Crier is appointed by Mayor and Council to represent the Town as an ambassador at significant municipal and related functions, mainly as a means of welcoming agencies or dignitaries or promoting the Town. You will often see the Town Crier Emceeing events, leading parades, opening new parks, facilities or businesses and welcoming visitors and dignitaries to our community.

Sidney’s first Official Town Crier was Bert Stevens who was appointed on June 24, 1991, during the 100th-anniversary celebrations of the founding of Sidney in 1881. Bert remained as Sidney’s Official Town Crier up until 2003 when he stepped into the role as Honourary Town Crier. He briefly retired in 2007 but took up the bell again in 2008. At the time, he was partially blind but fulfilled his duties with the assistance of his guide dog, Bing. Bert remained Sidney’s Honourary Town Crier until just before his passing on June 6, 2010.  

In 1998, Kenny Podmore was appointed Deputy Town Crier and worked alongside Bert Stevens. On December 1, 2003, Kenny was named Sidney’s Official Town Crier, a role which he maintains to this day.  Kenny is often joined by his Consort, Rhonda Todrick and/or his young apprentice Rowan Petrie.

In 1997 and 1999, Sidney hosted the World Town Criers Championship which drew over 60 competitors from around the world. Sidney also hosted the World Invitational Town Crier Tournament held May 21st to 27th, 2006.

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