Pluto: A world champion

PUBLISHED: 09:00 11 January 2012

Brian Venn, known to many as Pluto was one of Weston's town criers.

Brian Venn, known to many as Pluto was one of Weston's town criers.


HE WAS one of Weston's popular characters and a beloved town crier who became a world town crier champion.

Brian Venn - known to many as Pluto - died in his sleep at his Milton home, aged 80, on December 31.

The ‘larger than life’ character began a Royal Navy career at the age of 17, during which he served in Korea.

He later worked as a postman in Milton.

His family said he was devoted to his wife Vivienne, who died in November last year, and his daughter Andrea.

Pluto was a keen angler and enjoyed fishing competitions with Weston Angling Association and won the Civil Service National. Another of his popular achievements was his years as the town’s crier. When Pluto retired at the age of 60 he signed up as the town crier of Weston.

Daughter Andrea, aged 53, of Colchester said: “He was so proud to be able to represent and promote his home town in many hundreds of competitions throughout the UK and Europe.”

Pluto rated his trip to Ballarat, Australia, in 1995 as one of the biggest things that has ever happened to him.

This was his second attempt at the World Town Crier Championships.

He returned 10 days later as Brian (Pluto) Venn, Town Crier of Weston-super-Mare, Champion of the World. Andrea said: “At the time he said that it was such a proud moment for him that he was able to go to the other side of the world and come home as world champion town crier.”

Pluto was one of the only four Englishmen to have ever won the word title.

Andrea said: “He was, in life, larger than life itself. He was his own man.

“Everyone who knew him loved and respected him for that. He had a smile, joke or good word for everyone.

“For his family, his friends or a charitable cause he would put himself out to do whatever was within his ability to do.”

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