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It's a competition for crying out loud
5:00pm Friday 11th October 2013 in Devon
LEFT to right are Beadle John Smith, Mayor Janet Rendle, Mayor's Consort Mr John Rendle, Mayor's Cadet Cpl Myles Impey and Mace Bearer Alan Burnett.
THE booming voices of more than a dozen town criers could be heard across Tiverton on Saturday.
Entrants from across Devon and Cornwall gathered in Phoenix Lane to represent their town, and took it in turns to ring their bell before making their formal announcements in a bid to be named top town crier.
The annual competition, run by Tiverton Town Council, attracted 14 entries this year, and was judged by local county councillors on dictation, tone, volume and clarity.
Competitors hailed from as far afield as Royal Wootton Bassett in Wiltshire.
In first place was Clive O’Shaughnessy, of Millbrook in Cornwall, who only became the town’s crier last autumn.
“I wasn’t expecting it at all,” said Clive. “When my name was announced I was stunned.
“Lots of places aren’t interested in upholding these sorts of traditions, so I’d like to say thankyou to Tiverton for this wonderful competition.”
Roy Goodwin, of Ilfracombe, came second and Roger Bourgein, of Exmouth, was third. Mike Bishop, of Frome, won the award for best dressed crier.
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