Crewkerne held a successful Town Criers Competition on Saturday which included a visit from one of the youngest town criers in the UK. The biennial competition organised by Crewkerne Town Council was sponsored by the George Shopping Centre, George Hotel, McKinlays Estate Agents, Stokes Partners LLP, Rotary Club of Crewkerne, Crewkerne Town Council and Crewkerne Town Crier David Craner who hosted the event.
The morning and afternoon cries took place in the George Shopping Centre. David Craner welcomed fellow town criers, all members of the Ancient and Honourable Guild of Town Criers, at a meet and greet reception in the Henhayes Community Centre. In his opening address, David said: “This year we will commemorate the end of the Great War, with the Royal British Legion. To mark the event, we will theme the second cry to support this. On behalf of Crewkerne Town Council, the town traders and townspeople, thank you all for supporting me by taking part. Enjoy your time in Crewkerne and may the best crier win.”
The first Cry known as the Home Cry was followed by a proclamation by 9 year old Ollie Day, accompanied by Ruby his consort. Ollie recently appeared on TV’s Little Big Shots hosted by Dawn French. After lunch at Henhayes Community Centre, the town criers and their consorts paraded back to the George Shopping Centre for the second cry, which commemorated 100 years since the end of World War 1.
The winner of the town criers competition was Roy Goodwin of Ilfracombe. In second place was Stuart Cumming of Chard and in third place, Owen Collier of Royal Wootton Bassett, who also won the Best Dressed Town Crier award. The Best Dressed Consort was awarded to Caroline Cunliff. Competition judges were Neill and Heather McClintock owners of the George Shopping Centre, Chris Gough of the Rotary Club of Crewkerne and town councillor Sylvia Allman. It was co-ordinated by Kerry Pinder and the points collated by Tasha Day.
Presentation of the trophies was conducted in Henhayes Community Centre by the Mayor of Crewkerne, councillor Kathy Head, Stuart Prince, President Elect of the Rotary Club of Crewkerne and Neill and Heather McClintock. A Certificate of Achievement was presented to Ruby from the George Shopping Centre and a cup presented to Ollie by David Craner, thanking him for his attendance.
David Craner said: “A splendid day was held by all. Special thanks to Laura at the town council and Neill and Heather McClintock, for helping Crewkerne to stage this year’s successful town criers competition. We are all looking forward to the next one in the town, in 2020.”
Our featured photo taken at the awards ceremony was contributed by Marion Spencer.