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Dennis loved being at heart of the town

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: May 01, 2013

  • © Tuesday 23 04 2013 Picture By Sean Hernon © The Funeral of Dennis Cook Town Crier of Callington was held at St Andrews Church Calstock A fine farewell for Dennis with Town Criers & Morris men & Women from Plymouth Morris Men & Wreckers Border Morris from all corners of the South West. (Please credit the Photographer thank you).

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FRIENDS, family and fellow criers gathered for the funeral of Callington's longstanding town crier Dennis Cook last Tuesday (April 23).

Representatives of the town and loved ones gathered at Calstock church to remember the father of two who died earlier this month peacefully at his home aged 68.

Describing her husband of 46 years his wife, Jenny Cook, said: "He was very outgoing. He loved to be in the midst of things."

Mr Cook was a keen morris dancer and had represented the town since 1999 as crier.

"He loved every minute of it," his wife said.

"He used to get annoyed if people were having an event and they didn't let him know about it. He would say, 'how can I help publicise it for them if they don't let me know about it?'."

Portreeve and Callington town mayor Jeremy Gist said Mr Cook had been an ambassador for the town during his 14 years as crier.

"He has always been enthused and was a great support to the town and the town council.

"He has attended, without exception, every town council event that he has been asked to go to."

Mr Gist said he will greatly missed by people in Callington.

"During our annual parish meeting we will be totally lost without him – he was the one who would ring the bell to let people know we were coming and lead the council out into the council chambers.

"Everywhere he went he was promoting Callington.

"He was a fantastic ambassador for Callington and will be sorely missed."

Mr Cook was a keen fundraiser and supported many local charities.

Mrs Cook said:"He collected for the Poppy Appeal, Marie Curie and did lots for Macmillan nursing but the charity he did the most work for was the Primrose Foundation at Derriford Hospital, which cares for people with breast cancer.

"That was because I had breast cancer twice. He was very, very supportive."

During his funeral criers from across the region came to remember their colleague.

"The vicar told me there were close to 200 people at the funeral.

"I'm not sure how many town criers there were but there was rather a lot of them, all in full regalia."

When the coffin was brought in town criers gathered on one side and morris dancers on the other to form a guard of honour.

Mrs Cook said it was a fitting tribute to her husband.

"He was one of life's eccentrics – there will never be another quite like him."

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