Look out for Kev on the High Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9LD
For 2 days only come and hear Kevin Collick promoting the Heritage Open Days. Kev's been selling The Big Issue for nearly 7 years here, but for a few days he is also going to be Winchester's Town Crier. Feeling brave? Give it a go yourself!
Whatever the weather Kev has a joke or a friendly word for residents and visitors on Winchester High Street. Last year he switched on Winchester's Christmas lights and he regularly raises money for charity. He has been described as a 'High Street Hero' and as one of 'Winchester's gems', and so we are delighted he is going to be the town crier for a few days.
And Kev won't be the only HODs person out and about in the centre of Winchester. Throughout the festival period there will be roving ambassadors and festival stewards. Unmissable in bright pink Tshirts, don;t hesitate to say hello to them. They are there to answer festival questions and help you find events.
Wikipedia says "Oyez is a traditional interjection said two or three times in succession to introduce the opening of a court of law, especially in Great Britain. The interjection is also traditionally used by town criers to attract the attention of the public to public proclamations. Until the 18th century, speaking English in an English court of law was not required and one could instead use Law French, a form of French that evolved after the Norman Conquest, when Anglo-Norman became the language of the upper classes in England. Oyez descends from the Anglo-Norman oyez, the plural imperative form of oyer, from French ouïr, "to hear"; thus oyez means "hear ye" and was used as a call for silence and attention. It would have been common in medieval England, and France."
● Saturday 15 September: 0900-1300
● Sunday 16 September: 0900-1300
No booking required
There are plenty of cafes in this part of the High Street, and the nearest public toilets can be found at the back of St Maurice Covert, next door to Debenhams.
Usually can be found near Costa and Starbucks.