The Official Town Crier
John Webster was declared "'Official Town Crier" by Council on January 25, 1999. John accepted this responsibility and is shown here at the "First Light Celebration", held in the East Gwillimbury Civic Centre on January 01, 2000.
John is a 4th generation resident of the Region of York and has a special connection with East Gwillimbury. His parents met in the two room school in Holland Landing. Since he was proclaimed a Town Crier in 1987, he has been very visible throughout the area, conducting historic walks. and reading proclamations at official functions. John performs at over 200 events per year and sits on many boards of community clubs and festivals.
He is a member of good standing in The Ontario Guild of Town Criers, and was the president of the guild for 5 years. John has been honored to be declared the Honorary Town Crier of the Town of Edlinton, in England, by Lord William Haydon Gordon-Smith.
He has competed with other Town Criers and is a Champion Town Crier for North America, a position he held for 7 consecutive years. He is also the current Ontario Provincial Champion.
John has represented the area in competitions in England, Belgium, and the United States. He earned the Silver medal at the Halifax International World Championship and was Host Crier for the 1993 World Town Crier Championships. John is an insurance agent in real life, and says that as the Town Crier he acts as a good will ambassador who adds a little colour and history to the community, corporate and charity, events that he attends.