Shouting match draws crowds at Seaton

PUBLISHED: 13:14 03 September 2012 | UPDATED: 13:14 03 September 2012

Competitors in the national town criers contest at Seaton outside the town hall. Photo by Ian Barradale

Competitors in the national town criers contest at Seaton outside the town hall. Photo by Ian Barradale

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Residents and visitors enjoy a ding-dong battle amongst some of the nation's leading town criers

Crowds turned out in force to watch a ding-dong battle at Seaton over the weekend.

People from all over the country took part in a shouting match, as the resort staged its first national town criers’ competition on Saturday.

Competitors and their escorts travelled from as far afield as Royal Wootton Bassett for the crying match organised by Seaton and District Chamber of Commerce.

Winner David Fry, from South Gloucestershire collected a unique wooden bell, made by local craftsman Keith West.

The runner up was Stuart Cummin, of Chard, and in third place was Len Sweales, from Wells.

Colton’s Derek Wenn was voted best dressed crier, while the best dressed escort was Sally Pinder, of Kingsbridge, and the best dressed couple were Joe and Sandy Beard, of Llandovery.

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