MEET Cyril! He s the one with the feathers and will be joining Ilfracombe Town Crier Roy Goodwin on his official duties - just as soon as Roy can convince him to stay perched on his shoulder! In a town over-blessed with seagulls, a stuffed one seems a f

MEET Cyril! He's the one with the feathers and will be joining Ilfracombe Town Crier Roy Goodwin on his official duties - just as soon as Roy can convince him to stay perched on his shoulder!In a town "over-blessed" with seagulls, a stuffed one seems a fitting companion for one of Ilfracombe's busiest ambassadors and Roy is happy to play along with the joke."As a gag a few years ago when greeting one of the passenger boats, I said as a memento of your stay in Ilfracombe, please take home a seagull!" explained Roy."Competing all over the place, I added it as part of my 'home town cry' and almost became famous - or infamous - for it.""Then at a competition in Hatherleigh, the town crier Ros Chard announced she had a presentation to make:"So she came anD handed me this seagull, which she had bought at an auction sale - and there was Cyril!"Now Roy plans to create some kind of harness in time to allow Cyril to perch on his shoulder whilE welcoming summer visitors."Instead of a parrot, I will have a seagull - and, who knows, perhaps he will even greet the new ferry!