EX-ROYAL Burgh Standard Bearer Elliot Fraser will be Selkirk’s new town crier, writes Sally Gillespie.
The 50-year-old takes over from Morris Manson, who has held the post for 10 years.
Mr Fraser was asked to take on the role and agreed, saying: “It’s good to help people in the town. I’m looking forward to meeting people.
“I’m apprehensive, but very excited at the same time. I’ve never done anything like this: I’ve spoken in public, but never shouted at people!”
His 22-year-old daughter Jade, who was working in Cyprus, returned to Selkirk last week when she learned of her father’s new civic commitment.
Asked about her reaction, Mr Fraser said: “She had a good laugh!”
The role involves dressing in the town crier’s uniform and officiating at public and some private events.
The Scottish Borders Housing Association painter and decorator is not sure yet of the uniform, saying: “I’ve only seen the hat – my friends would say I’m not averse to dressing up now and again.”
Elliot was the Royal Burgh Standard Bearer in 1988 and is a former chairman of the Ex-Standard Bearers.
Mr Manson recalled his decade as town crier with affection.
He told TheSouthern: “Every year had highlights, but I do remember when somebody came over from Canada to see one of the court cases (re-enacted during Scott’s Selkirk) because their ancestor was the plaintiff in that case. They knew the whole story.”
He explained his decision to stand down: “It’s been wonderful to be part of things as the town crier for 10 years, but I’m getting on.”