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Teenager, believed to be world's youngest town crier, given guild recognition




An East Harling teenager, believed to be the world’s youngest town crier, is to be honoured for his dedication to Thetford by The Ancient and Honorable Guild of Town Criers.

Harry Turburville, 13, has represented the town at many events including the commemoration to mark 100 years since the the end of the First World War in 2018.

His mum, Cheryl, said: “He just loves being out there in front of people and speaking to people at events. He also does drama at Norwich Theatre, too, so just loves being in front of people.”

Harry Turburville, pictured with his mum Cheryl, is Thetford’s town crier. Picture by Mark Bullimore.
Harry Turburville, pictured with his mum Cheryl, is Thetford’s town crier. Picture by Mark Bullimore.

Thetford Town Council wrote to the guild asking if Harry could join and was sent a letter on October 28.

Membership secretary, Peder Nielsen, said: “Though Harry is not old enough to become an actual member of the guild, his service and dedication to Thetford should be recognised. To that end, it was decided that the guild should have a special certificate made for him and have a guild member present it to him at a time to be arranged.

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“When Harry achieves the age of 18 years, then he would be a welcome member of The Ancient and Honorable Guild of Town Criers.”


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