Markham Official Town Crier John Webster at 2010 Santa Claus Parade

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Markham Official Town Crier John Webster at 2010 Santa Claus Parade

John Webster - 38th Annual Markham Santa Claus Parade 2010.  Official Town Crier for Town of Markham, Ontario, Canada.  Photograph copyright 2010 Marc Swartz.  All rights reserved worldwide.Yesterday, Saturday, November 27, 2010, was the 38th annual Town of Markham Santa Claus Parade.  It was a beautiful day for the parade with sunny skies with some cloud, cool and a great day for photographs. 

The parade started at the Markham Village Community Centre located on the southeast corner of Highway 7 and Main Street Markham.  The parade proceded north on Main Street Markham and ended at the Markham Museum on Main Street Markham just north of 16th Avenue.

At the lead of the Markham Santa Claus Parade was The Official Town Crier for the Town of Markham, Mr. John Webster.  John Webster was appointed as Official Town Crier in 1987 and has held this position ever since that time. 

John Webster has participated in many town crier competitions over the years throughout Canada and internationally including the United States, England and Belgium.  He has proudly represented Markham in the competitions.  John Webster won the Los Angeles Invitational World Camptionship, won 4 world tropies in the Bermuda International Competion, held the North American Champion position for 7 consecutive years, has been Ontario provincial champion and won the Bobby Burns World Championship.  John Webster was President of the Ontario Guild of Town Criers for 5 years and was host of the 1993 World Town Crier Championships in the Town of Markham.

John was Ward 5 Councillor for the Town of Markham for 7 years (two election terms).  His second term ended in late 2010.

Markham Official Town Crier John Webster at 2010 Santa Claus Parade


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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

Hi Marc -  your Town Crier really looks the part!  Kingston has one but I think it is something Gananoqe should look into as well (note to self!)

Our town parade was last night but my photos were not good enough to publish.  The Lites at Nite theme was pretty to see but not so photo friendly.

Let the holiday games begin!

Nov 28, 2010 04:32 AM #1
Sam Fischer
Coeur d'Alene, ID

I love the authenticity! Thanks for the post.

Nov 28, 2010 02:10 PM #2
Stanton Homes
Stanton Homes - New Home Builder - Raleigh, NC
Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina

What a fun way to start the season.  Everyone does look a little colder there - I think it was 70 degrees here on the 27th!

Dec 03, 2010 01:34 AM #3
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