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Canadian town crier visits New Plymouth

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Canadian town crier, Kingsley Benjamin Buss at the memorial inside the Te Henui cemetery. The cry of Kingsley Benjamin Buss rang out across the graves of fallen soldiers in the Te Henui Cemetery on Saturday morning. Buss, a town crier visiting from Canada, performed a short speech he had prepared in remembrance of Britain’s Middlesex 57th Regiment, some of whom fought and died in Taranaki during the New Zealand wars.

“This is to remember the soldiers and the people who died here in times of conflict,” he said before beginning his cry.

Canadian Town Crier Visits New Plymouth

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Canadian town crier Kingsley Benjamin Buss after crying at the Te Henui cemetery in New Plymouth. Buss said he knew the wars were still a sensitive issue but history must not be forgotten.

“We must know it and we must learn from it or we will repeat it.”

Not wishing to offend, Buss sent a copy of his cry to the New Plymouth District Council who gave it their stamp of approval.

“It’s a cry of remembrance. It’s a fact that time has passed and we need to look forward.”

Buss was a lance corporal in the Middlesex 5th and 7th reserves so feels a strong connection with the regiment. He became a town crier when his hometown of Duncan in Canada advertised for one in the newspaper.

Buss’ town crying costume is that of a 1800s soldier; a red coat, sash, medals, square boots and a feather and corn pipe tucked into in his gold-trimmed tricorn hat. Buss has been travelling and crying in different countries and had previously competed in a world town crier tournament and placed thirteenth. After his New Plymouth cry, Buss is headed off to Otago to compete in the 2015 World Town Crier Tournament at Alexandra.

“It’s [the town criers] a wonderful organisation. It’s peaceful, it’s successful and I believe it shows the world the way we should be going forward – respecting each other’s strengths and differences and being at peace with one another.”

A small audience gathered at the regiment’s Te Henui memorial to hear Buss’ cry on Saturday. One attendee was New Plymouth man Launce Gudgeon who was a Warrant Officer second class in the Wellington West Coast Regiment.

“I was in the standing guard at the wedding of Princess Alexandra and Angus Ogilvy at Westminster Abbey,” he said. Princess Alexandra is the cousin of Queen Elizabeth II.

He thought Buss’ cry was “great” and was looking forward to speaking to him about the Middlesex regiment.

– Taranaki Daily News

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