Big Ben maintenance energises town crier revivalists


London’s town criers have announced their intention to ‘step into the breech’, as one Bellman told us: ‘Oyez, Oyez – though we broadly oppose the silencing of the Palace of Westminster’s chimes, we are confident we can provide a suitable replacement as her Majesty’s official timekeepers to Great Britain and the Colonies.  It is essential that the people of Westminster and across the empire have regular proclamations of the time to help them get up, catch the omnibus or celebrate the passing of the Gregorian epoch.’

He added: ‘Oyez, Oyez – that the Westminster Tower shall be in repair for four years means we’ll be potentially employed until 1885.  You have to move with the times, especially with the drinking of mead becoming a popular pastime.’

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