London's unofficial town crier, Bill Paul, dies
Friend, Joseph O’Neil, believes that it's the end of an era
The City of London's unofficial town crier, Bill Paul, died earlier this week.
Friend, Joseph O'Neil, believes there will be a hole in the city without him.
"Imagine that you're going downtown and all of a sudden, you know, the courthouse or a major building disappeared," he said. "He's like a fixture."
"Every day was a wonderful day to do something and whether you met him, whether he was making animal balloons or painting faces at Victoria Park, or being a town crier for an event like the New Year's Levee at the Eldon House, he always had that attitude with people."
Oyez! Oyez! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ldnont?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ldnont</a>’s Town Crier, Bill Paul, has passed away. He was a fixture at countless events in the city, proclaiming their opening in his trademark costume that recalled historical days gone by. <a href="https://t.co/fOAjDJvaIy">pic.twitter.com/fOAjDJvaIy</a>—@CityLightsLondn
O'Neil explained that people took Paul for granted, thinking he'd always be around.
"Everybody knows him, and Bill is one of those guys that you just get the feeling for, he's been here since the founding of the city," he said. "I know that's not true, but that's just how you regard him. Like, Bill's always been here."
O'Neil believes that his death marks the end of an era.