Peter Harrison was a Pocklington town crier for many years, from at least the time of the Boer War, until certainly 1948, if not after.
Kelly’s Directory of 1897 lists Peter as a ‘bid poster’, residing in Union Street, where his mother Mary for many years had a lodging house.
There is a photograph circa 1909 showing Peter in his role as doorman for the Central Cinema, the first cinema in the town. Later photographs of Peter show him with his bell, dated 22 October 1948, and in 1950, aged 79, talking to local wheelwright John Stubbs and Wolds farmer Walter Reynolds.
Read Geoff’s full article in next week’s (5 June) Pocklington Post.