TRIBUTE: Cryer has big shoes to fill

Having been away since Easter, I was sad to learn that John ‘The Bellman’ Stevens had lost his battle with cancer. Another stalwart of the community (of my generation) gone.

Could there be anyone with the time and dedication to take up the role of Cryer? Big shoes to fill.

More years ago than I care to count, I remember a particularly fine Junior Bellman during Alnwick Fair week.

Might there be a ‘bell lady’ who could rise to the challenge? That would be something different.

John gave so much over the years to promote Alnwick that I am sure that he would wish the post to continue.

Finally, he would have appreciated the irony of an April 1 funeral.

Eileen Woodward,

Haven Meadows,

Shilbottle