Wells Town Crier
Len Sweales was appointed the Wells Town Crier in 2001 after the sudden death of Les Long in November 2000.
During his time as Town Crier Len has met numerous celebrities and famous people. In 2002 he met Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh when they visited Wells as part of their Golden Jubilee. He has also met the cast and crew of 'Hot Fuzz' including Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, Rolf Harris, Richard E Grant & Rory Bremner (pictured) to name but a few.
Len has taken part in many Town Crier competitions, he won 'The Championship' in Mells in 2006 & 2008. Added to this he has also won best 'Cry Content' and 'Best Dressed Crier'
Christmas 2012, Len appeared as King Frederick in the Wells production of 'Rumplestiltskin' at The Little Theatre. For many years Len played various roles including The Dame in local panto productions.
Len's career in The London Fire Brigade spanned over thirty years, he retired in 1997 in the rank of Divisional Officer, and moved to Wells from Camberley, Surrey in October 2000.
He has been married to Rosemary for 43 years and together they have two children Emma and Sarah. Len and Rosemary have 3 grandchildren called Harrison, Cameron and Aimee.
If you would like Len to 'cry' for you at an event then please contact him by emailing him on firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning the City Council Office - 01749 673091.
Photographs by Charlie Pritchard-Williams and Kevin Westwood