Chris Brown is the Town Mayor’s Serjant & Crier of Wimborne Minster and was first appointed in 1998. The role is an ancient one that in times past would have had the authority similar to the modern day Police and was also used to collect taxes from markets and impound stray animals and keep good order in the Town. The Serjant receives a commission every year to raise The Wimborne Militia to assist in protecting the Mayor, the Council and the Town from disorder and rebellion!
The role now a days is largely ceremonial but Chris has enjoyed supporting the Town Mayors, Councillors and other local bodies in promoting the town, its businesses and community events.
Chris was judged The Ancient and Honourable Guild of Town Criers Champion in 2007 and has been Dorset County Champion Crier on five occasions. Chris is a Trustee of Walford Mill Education Trust, further information can be found here: www.walfordmill.org
Chris is available to attend various events and can be contacted via the Town Hall.
Chris is also known as DJ DAPPER DAN and produces a weekly radio show SKANKING DELIGHTS which goes out on Radio Wimborne https://www.radiowimborne.co.uk/ KeeP106 https://keep106.com/ and Forest FM. http://forestfm.co.uk/ Past shows can be listened to n the following website: https://www.mixcloud.com/DjDapperDan/
The Southern England Town Crier Championship is held every other year (previously alternating with the Blandford Georgian Fair) on the first May Bank Holiday Monday in Wimborne and is hosted by Chris Brown and Melvin Gudger (Deputy Town Crier & Serjant of Musket). As organisers they are not allowed to enter as they appoint the judges drawn from local people. The competition, which is free to view and attracts good crowds, traditionally takes place over two rounds on the Town Square and there are prizes for Champion, Runner up and Second Runner Up as well as Best Dressed Town Crier, Best Dressed Escort and Best Dressed Couple.
Chris will also host the Dorset County Championship, known as “The Stanley Mansbridge Perpetual Trophy” if he won the title the previous year. The rule being that no crier can win it two years running so that the trophy moves around the County. In 2015 the competition was held in Wimborne on November 28th as part of the Town celebrations for switching on of the Christmas lights. Chris won this again in 2019 so will be hosting it in 2020 again.
In April 2018 Chris was made an Honorary Freeman of Wimborne Minster for his services to the town, being only the forth person to be granted this title.
More information on Town Crying can be found here: http://www.ahgtc.org.uk/