Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Oyez! Town criers from across the UK will be weilding their bells in the annual competition
Oyez, oyez! Some of Britain’s top town criers will be gathering in Seaton on Sunday (September 8).
They will be taking part in the resort’s annual shouting match – with trophies for the winners.
Hosted by Seaton’s own town crier, David Craner, the competition will see bell-wielding contenders in The Square at 11am and in Jubilee Gardens at 2pm.
Each town crier will perform their home town cry and a cry of their own choice in front of three judges - mayor Gaynor Sedgwick, Mark Ollier, of solicitors Beviss and Beckingsale and community stalwart Margaret Smith.
This year’s competition, which is funded and set up by Seaton and District Chamber of Commerce, will see 19 criers from across the UK taking part, including the well-known Ken Knowles, from Litchfield, who has won many contests this year. He is one of the hottest contenders alongside the town crier from Royal Wootton-Bassett.
To launch the event competitors will parade down Fore Street behind the Ancient and Honourable Guild of Town Criers’ standard at 11am.
Also in the procession will be Seaton Majorettes, civic leaders and the judges.
The criers will all be dressed in 18th century traditional outfits including a coloured robe, a tricorn hat, black boots and breeches and carry and handbell to attract attention.
* In bygones times they were the chief means of getting news out to the people in communities, especially as many people couldn’t read or write.