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Jane’s the voice of Bognor Regis

NEW TOWN crier Jane Smith is loving her Bognor Regis role as a human public address system.


Jane is set to be present about 10am on the seafront and in the town centre on each of the next four Tuesdays to promote the return of the Funshine Days.


She will be also be present at the Hotham Park Country Fair next Saturday.


Her commanding presence and voice, as well as her homemade purple cloak from upholstery material, is set to be a feature of events around the town for years to come.


“I’m really enjoying my role,” said Jane, 54, of Chichester. “I’ve always taken part in amateur dramatics, singing and dancing. I’m a performer at heart.


“I can have fun as the town crier but it also has a serious side because I am passing on information to people. I see myself as a PA system.


“I love meeting people and watching people and I’ve always dealt with them in my jobs, which began in hairdressing.”


Jane was chosen by town councillors to revive the town crier’s role after a gap of several years after she agreed to make the regalia as part of her job designing and making bespoke handbags.


“I was asked to apply and the reaction from my first appearance at Drive Through Time has been amazing. I feel humbled by the reaction just from that one event.”


As well as the public greeting Jane, she has received the backing of her fellow town criers. She has applied to join their national guild and will represent the town in competitions.


Mother of five Jane, who also has two grandchildren, has links with Bognor Regis which date back to her childhood tap and ballet exams at a former dance studio in Queensway and shows in the now demolished Esplanade Theatre.

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