THERE was an extra special present for Shaw and Crompton Town Crier Marcus Emms as he celebrated his 50thbirthday – a Mayor’s Appreciation Award.
Marcus, who took on the bell and uniform in July 2018, received the accolade in recognition of his ‘outstanding community support and charity work for the people of Shaw and Oldham’.
His role includes announcing a variety of events across the borough, including births, engagements, birthdays, openings of businesses, fetes and Remembrance Days.
The honour was awarded by Mayor of Oldham Ginny Alexander who wrote in her letter to Marcus: “Your hard work does not go unnoticed and I would like to thank you for your continued efforts to cheer the people of Oldham up, not only as Town Crier but I know you have also played your part as Santa Claus recently.
“After meeting you at various events, I really did see the kind gentleman that you really are.
“You have been suffering yourself with illness and not once have you asked for help or complained, you have just continued to help others and for this you truly do deserve this award.”
Marcus’s role has been largely on hold during the Covid-19 pandemic but he took to Facebook to thank the Mayor for the award and look forward to resuming his duties.
He wrote: “This certificate was hand delivered by one of the mayor’s assistants so that it was here in time for my birthday.
“Moments later the boiler engineer arrived and I forgot where I put until this morning when I took the car keys from my in-tray.
“We don’t do all of the Santa-ing or Town Crier role for any sort of reward but a little bit of recognition for all of our work gives us both such a boost.
“I couldn’t do it all without Michaela Emms. We look forward to later this year when the virus is under control and we can get back to supporting the people of Shaw and Crompton and representing our beautiful town in the wider world.”
To find out about other recipients of the Mayor’s Appreciation Award across the borough, visit the Mayor of Oldham’s Facebook page.