World's Tallest Town Crier to Launch Fair
19 Nov 2021

Shrewsbury boasts the tallest town crier in the world and on December 11th, at 2pm, Martin Wood will launch the Christmas Fair at the town's civic church - pictured here with his wife Sue doing a 'cry for the nation' ahead of Doorstep Carols last year

Organisers at St Chad's Church in Shrewsbury are delighted to have a local celebrity to open the Christmas Fair this year.

Martin Wood is the tallest Town Crier in the world one of the longest serving - he has been in post since 1984 and since then has been a striking and impressive figurehead for our town, engaging with visitors, Royalty and celebrities alike. 

It is particularly fitting that he should be doing the honours for St Chad's this Christmas, having been very involved with the filming of A Christmas Carol  there in 1984 - Martin was the body double for Edward Woodward, the Spirit of Christmas Present, and also for Michael Carter, who played the Spirit of Christmas Future and Ebeneezer Scrooge’s ‘grave’ can still be seen in St Chad’s graveyard. 

Martin and the crew filmed there at 2am, playing the spirit as it hovered above the grave! 

"We looked like a couple of Dementors from the Harry Potter films," Martin said. "As we walked down the pathway, we came up behind the Bishop of Shrewsbury and his wife. We politely said, ‘Excuse us’ and his wife turned and screamed! I think the whole town heard her."

Jane Peate, the Fair’s organiser said: “Martin Wood has been the Town Crier for Shrewsbury since 1984 and is an accomplished Town Crier, toastmaster and guide so we are delighted that Martin can open our Christmas Fair in style!  Father Christmas will arrive shortly afterwards with small gifts for children so the event promises some fabulous festive spirit”.

The fair will be open from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday, December 11 at St Chad's Church, with craft stalls, raffle, cakes and much more! 

The Town Crier will officially 'launch' the fair at 2pm! 

Don't forget that St Chad's Christmas Tree Festival is also back on this year, starting on December 5 and running through to January 3, with a daily programme of Christmas music, song and dance. Admission is free. If you are interested in sponsoring a tree visit

St Chad's Church at Christmas