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Town crier shares coronavirus updates and advice in unique Moray community

Town Criers Roy Miles and Laura Pasetti delivering messages to the town. Picture by Jason Hedges.
Town Criers Roy Miles and Laura Pasetti delivering messages to the town. Picture by Jason Hedges.

With bells ringing and voices bellowing, members of a Moray community are bringing the latest developments in the coronavirus pandemic to residents in a bygone fashion.

Town criers have been touring the Findhorn Foundation twice a week since the lockdown began to keep locals updated about the global crisis.

Theatre director Laura Pasetti, who is originally from Italy, has been travelling the community in fancy dress in recent weeks with friends Annie Crawford and Roy Miles to pronounce the latest news and advice in 12 different locations.

The colourful bulletins have also included musical and dramatic performances – including All You Need Is Gloves as a reworked version of The Beatles’ hit.

The twice-weekly events have fast become social events in the community, with people watching from gardens, windows and doorsteps before sharing conversations afterwards.

Mrs Pasetti said she took on the role as town crier after the formation of a volunteering action group to look out for vulnerable residents during the lockdown.

Laura Pasetti delivering messages and performance to the residents of the Findhorn Foundation in Moray.<br />Pictures by Jason Hedges.

She said: “We were thinking about the best way to get the news to people as well as reminders to wash your hands and to socially distance, along with updates about bin collections and other things.

“It has really grabbed people’s attention, I think because we have made it entertaining.

“One of the best things is that it has brought people together at this time, even though they are living under lockdown, because neighbours are going outside at the same time and sharing the experience.

“It’s really lovely to see people reaching out and taking care of each other.”

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