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Town crier, St Marys, Scilly Isles

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Town crier, St Marys, Scilly Isles

The local town crier, Wilfred Tonkin, on St Mary s, Scilly Isles. Seen here announcing the fact that the Prime Minister, Harold Wilson, has taken up residence in his holiday bungalow. Date: circa 1960s

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In this evocative photograph, local town crier Wilfred Tonkin makes an important announcement on the streets of St Mary's, Scilly Isles, circa 1960s. With a scruffy cap askew on his head and a worn jacket or jumper draped over his shoulders, Wilfred's expressive face conveys a sense of excitement and importance as he rings his bell and calls out "Oyez, Oyez, Oyez!" The historic scene transports us back in time to an era when news and communications were spread through the community by means of town criers. The announcement Wilfred is making is of significant importance to the residents of St Mary's and beyond. He declares that the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Harold Wilson, has taken up residence in his holiday bungalow on the island. This news would have been of great interest to the local population and the wider media, making Wilfred's role as a town crier all the more crucial in disseminating the information. The photograph captures a moment in history, highlighting the importance of local news and communication channels in the 1960s, before the widespread use of modern technology. Wilfred's announcement marks a connection between the community and the political world, bringing news of national significance to the doorstep of the people of St Mary's, Scilly Isles. This image is a testament to the enduring tradition of town criers and their vital role in the history of communication.

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