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Oyez! Town criers descend on Cromer for national championships

PUBLISHED: 18:27 18 May 2019 | UPDATED: 16:31 23 May 2019

Cromer crier Jason Bell with Ancient and Honourable Guild of Town Crier Championships overall winner Peder Nielsen, of Bromyard, Herefordshire.
Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Cromer crier Jason Bell with Ancient and Honourable Guild of Town Crier Championships overall winner Peder Nielsen, of Bromyard, Herefordshire. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

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Booming-voiced individuals from as far afield as Kent, Yorkshire and Surrey lined up in front of a panel of judges seated outside Cromer Parish Church on Saturday, in a competition to find the best - and the loudest - town crier in the county.

Best dressed couple Peter and Joan Daucey, of Melksham.
Picture: KAREN BETHELLBest dressed couple Peter and Joan Daucey, of Melksham. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

The annual Ancient and Honourable Guild of Town Criers championships, which was hosted by Cromer for the second time in its 40-year history, saw Cromer crier Jason Bell introduce 19 competitors, who performed two self-penned cries.

First prize went to Peder Nielsen, of Bromyard, Herefordshire, with second place going to Mike Wabe, of Watton, and third place trophy handed to Trowbridge crier Trevor Heeks, whose wife Lillian also won the best consort shield.

The Ancient and Honourable Guild of Town Crier Championships, which were held at Cromer on Saturday.
Picture: KAREN BETHELLThe Ancient and Honourable Guild of Town Crier Championships, which were held at Cromer on Saturday. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Best dressed crier was Christian Ashdown, of Haslemere, Surrey, with best dressed couple trophy going to Peter and Joan Dauncey, of Melksham, and the Bob Walker shield presented to Mike Wabe.

Mr Bell, who will be hanging up his bell and hat in the summer after 35 years as Cromer crier, thanked all those who supported the event, including Cromer Town Council and Cromer Chamber of Trade.

Waiting to perform at The Ancient and Honourable Guild of Town Crier Championships, which were held at Cromer on Saturday.
Picture: KAREN BETHELLWaiting to perform at The Ancient and Honourable Guild of Town Crier Championships, which were held at Cromer on Saturday. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

"I must also thank my wife Ann, who has accompanied me to all competitions," he added. "We have made many friends in the world of town crying and I thank them all for their camaraderie."

The Ancient and Honourable Guild of Town Crier Championships, which were held at Cromer on Saturday.
Picture: KAREN BETHELLThe Ancient and Honourable Guild of Town Crier Championships, which were held at Cromer on Saturday. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Cromer Chamber of Trade chairman Sam Grout presenting the Bob Walker shield to Mike Wabe, of Watton. Picture: KAREN BETHELLCromer Chamber of Trade chairman Sam Grout presenting the Bob Walker shield to Mike Wabe, of Watton. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

The Ancient and Honourable Guild of Town Crier Championships, which were held at Cromer on Saturday.
Picture: KAREN BETHELLThe Ancient and Honourable Guild of Town Crier Championships, which were held at Cromer on Saturday. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

The Ancient and Honourable Guild of Town Crier Championships, which were held at Cromer on Saturday.
Picture: KAREN BETHELLThe Ancient and Honourable Guild of Town Crier Championships, which were held at Cromer on Saturday. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

The Ancient and Honourable Guild of Town Crier Championships, which were held at Cromer on Saturday.
Picture: KAREN BETHELLThe Ancient and Honourable Guild of Town Crier Championships, which were held at Cromer on Saturday. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Cromer crier Jason Bell presenting second place trophy to Mike Wabe, of Watton.
Picture: KAREN BETHELLCromer crier Jason Bell presenting second place trophy to Mike Wabe, of Watton. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Best dressed couple Peter and Joan Daucey, of Melksham.
Picture: KAREN BETHELLBest dressed couple Peter and Joan Daucey, of Melksham. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Cromer crier Jason Bell's partner Ann (right) presenting best dressed consort trophy to Lillian Heeks, of Trowbridge.
Picture: KAREN BETHELLCromer crier Jason Bell's partner Ann (right) presenting best dressed consort trophy to Lillian Heeks, of Trowbridge. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Competition sponsor Steven Burbidge presenting best dressed crier trophy to Christian Ashdown of Haslemere, Surrey.
Picture: KAREN BETHELLCompetition sponsor Steven Burbidge presenting best dressed crier trophy to Christian Ashdown of Haslemere, Surrey. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

The Ancient and Honourable Guild of Town Crier Championships, which were held at Cromer on Saturday.
Picture: KAREN BETHELLThe Ancient and Honourable Guild of Town Crier Championships, which were held at Cromer on Saturday. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Cromer mayor Richard Leeds presenting the first place shield to Peder Nielsen, of Bromyard, Herefordshire. Picture: KAREN BETHELLCromer mayor Richard Leeds presenting the first place shield to Peder Nielsen, of Bromyard, Herefordshire. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Ancient and Honourable Guild of Town Criers 2019 champion Peder Nielsen, of Bromyard, Herefordshire.
Picture: KAREN BETHELLAncient and Honourable Guild of Town Criers 2019 champion Peder Nielsen, of Bromyard, Herefordshire. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

The Ancient and Honourable Guild of Town Crier Championships, which were held at Cromer on Saturday.
Picture: KAREN BETHELLThe Ancient and Honourable Guild of Town Crier Championships, which were held at Cromer on Saturday. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

The Ancient and Honourable Guild of Town Crier Championships, which were held at Cromer on Saturday.
Picture: KAREN BETHELLThe Ancient and Honourable Guild of Town Crier Championships, which were held at Cromer on Saturday. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

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