Not quite a case of he or she who shouts louder wins - style and content vital too as town criers gather in Ely for annual competition
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You might think the rules fastidious but after a decade of bringing town criers together for an annual competition, Avril Hayter-Smith recognises how important they are.
Volume and clarity are, of course, vital but so too is diction and inflection and then there is content.
And then there is who are the loudest - and those who heard Saturday’s competition in Ely recognised this is probably the hardest category of all to judge.
The competition was moved indoors because of the weather but they failed to halt an enthusiastic group of criers pitting their wit, style, content – and pitch – against each other to secure recognition.
“Criers play such an important role in publicising their home towns and through this competition, we can help spread the word about our marvellous city far and wide,” says Avril, Ely’s own town crier.
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Their evening in Cambridgeshire was rounded off with a prize giving celebration and dinner at Little Downham.
Results from Ely competition
- 1 Crews tackle huge Fens blaze
- 2 Woman has heart attack and dies in ambulance waiting for a hospital bed
- 3 Fundraiser for mum with terminal cancer to 'have a good Christmas with her family'
- 4 Crash driver flees leaving female passenger injured
- 5 ‘I’m Lovin It’ burglars caught by McDonald's trip
- 6 'I think I hurt him bad mum' says Murder on the Doorstep killer
- 7 £330,000 fraudster burning evidence as police raid his home
- 8 Of all the places in all the city to park an uninsured 4x4
- 9 Stanley, 95, publishes first book to beat lockdown blues
- 10 Heroin dealer kept machete at home
1st. Carole Williams
2nd. Paul Gough
3rd. Mike Wabe
Best Home Cry. Paul Gough
Best Themed Cry. Terry Ford
Best dressed. Brenda Willison
Best dressed consort. Audrey Crosby
Best dressed couple. Bob Needham and Audrey
The town criers, plus their consorts, processed with the Eel Day parade down to the Waterside for two cries -one “Home Cry” about their own town or city and the second cry chosen, by Ely’s Mayor, Cllr Mike Rouse - “My Favourite Ely Character”
“We had to move to the village hall for the afternoon cry due to hailstones in Ely but it all worked out well,” said Avril who paid special thanks to the judges.