Hear Ye, Hear Ye, town crier returns

Knaresborough Town Crier Simon Shaw  back on his first official engagement in the Market square,  Knaresborough next to the market cross on Wednesday, October 24
Knaresborough Town Crier Simon Shaw back on his first official engagement in the Market square, Knaresborough next to the market cross on Wednesday, October 24

Knaresborough town crier, Simon Shaw, has won back his job after a nine week suspension.

Mr Shaw, 47, was suspended by Knaresborough Town Council in August over various complaints including time-keeping.

He denied doing anything wrong and has now been vindicated and given his job back.

An independendant investigation commissioned by the council is understood to be critical of the way the authority handled the matter, and suggested that he should not have been suspended in the first place.

A town council spokesman confirmed that Mr Shaw had been reinstated.

Mr Shaw said he is pleased to be able to return to his position at the market cross on Wednesday, after missing nine market days through his suspension.

He said: “I am chuffed to bits, and now I can get back to the community I love.”

But the suspension also meant he missed the opportunity to represent Knaresborough at the National Town Criers’ Championship which took place in Hastings on Sunday, October 13, Mr Shaw added.

Some Knaresborough town councillors have called on colleagues who voted for Mr Shaw to be suspended to step down.

Coun Andy Wright said: “Simon should never have been suspended. The councillors who suspended him should seriously consider their position.”

Mr Shaw’s first day back will be Wednesday, October 24.