Town crier may become regular sight in resort

00:10, Feb 10 2013
Craig ‘‘Ferg’’ Ferguson
BELL BOY: Warming up for his first stint as the new Queenstown crier today, Craig ‘‘Ferg’’ Ferguson stopped passers-by in their tracks when he appeared on the William Rees statue yesterday.

Queenstown could have a regular town crier if a month-long trial which starts today is a success.

The brainchild of businesswoman Sunny Sky, the new town crier will appear each Saturday in the CBD to hand out fliers informing everyone about community events and activities.

Fliers would be updated each week and all community groups were welcome to use the free service to advertise events, she said.

Long time resident Craig "Ferg" Ferguson has the honour of being the first to don the outfit today.

"I think it's a great idea, a great thing for the town. It's a busy place and so much goes on here but not everyone hears about everything," he said.

Mr Ferguson said he was happy to help out with the new gimmick when he could and was optimistic about finding other local residents to share the role.


"You've got to make sure you've got the right people, you've got to be a bit cheeky."

Queenstown Lakes District Council has also lent its support to the initiative.

Council spokeswoman Jo Blick said the council was pleased someone had taken the initiative to launch a service to help inform people about local events and activities. "It is a nice way to promote activities and add vibrancy to the CBD . . . we're pleased Sunny is taking it on herself to take the initiative," Ms Blick said.

The council would provide support by way of printing the fliers during the first month and there was a possibility the town crier could become part of the regular Creative Queenstown market if it proves to be a success.

The Southland Times