The Grafton Jacaranda Festival is well underway, but there has been a notable absence of one of the festivals historic icons – the town crier.
Grafton paramedic Trevor Green took on the role in 2010, when Roy Bowling stepped aside as town crier after 25 years, to ‘give someone else a go’.
Each year Mr Green takes his annual leave to perform the voluntary role which he loves, despite having to step aside briefly a few years ago, due to his personal brush with cancer.
Mr Green said that this year he had the opportunity to take part in something very close to his heart, which took him away from the Clarence Valley for the start of the Jacaranda Festival.
“I took part in Camp Quality’s Escapade Rally 2016, as a voluntary member of the NSW Ambulance Paramedic’s”, said Mr Green.
“The rally which involved 120 cars, went from Bateman’s Bay to Griffith, via Phillip Island (in southern Victoria) and raised over $1 million for children with cancer.
“It was certainly a very rewarding experience to be a part of the organisation which assists children with cancer.”
Mr Green returned earlier this week and will be back in his role as town crier for the remainder of this year’s Jacaranda Festival walking the streets and ringing his bell and adding his colourful fun, to the Jacaranda Festival.