Tributes pour in for Exmouth's Town Crier

PUBLISHED: 13:43 21 May 2009 | UPDATED: 11:00 10 June 2010

Garth Gibson. Only this week he was pictured at an event in Littleham. Ref: P4511-21-09SH

Garth Gibson. Only this week he was pictured at an event in Littleham. Ref: P4511-21-09SH

EXMOUTH is in mourning following the death of popular town crier and author Tregarthen Gibson on Wednesday evening.

Garth with his Town Crier award from Topsham back in 2006. Ref: P1375-36-06SH

EXMOUTH is in mourning following the death of popular town crier and author Tregarthen Gibson on Wednesday evening.

Garth, 83, had been walking back from the Annual general Meeting of the Exmouth Society, when he collapsed.

Garth, a much loved and popular figure, could be seen regularly in the Magnolia Centre in all his pomp and regalia informing residents of the latest news.

He was inaugurated as Town Crier in 2000, won the Devon County Championships of Town Criers in 2005 and penned two books entitled 'Exmouth her Age of Elegance' and 'Oh Yez, Oh Yez , Oh Yez' the story of a Town Crier.

He worked literally up to the last minute, announcing the inauguration of the new mayor at the town council's AGM as recent as Monday.

Town clerk John Wokersien said they had several meetings on Wednesday including one with the Exmouth Shanty Men.

"He lived life to the full," said John. "We had a great day yesterday. He will be missed.


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