Newton abbot once again played host to members of the Ancient & Honourable Guild of Town Crier’s at this year’s town crier’s competition held on Saturday 10th September.

17 Crier’s took part in the competition, which was held in front of Austins The Globe throughout the day.

It was a very colourful (and somewhat noisy!) event. Crying is very much a forerunner to today’s daily newspapers as it is an early form of relaying newsworthy items that dates back centuries.

The competition involved 2 cries – the ‘Home Cry’ took part in the morning where the Criers promoted the town he or she represents and an afternoon cry which this year was an ‘Open Cry’.

First place crier went to Stuart Cumming from Chard, second place to Andrew fox from Ilminster third place to Roy Goodwin from Ilfracombe, congratulations to them all.

All winners received a trophy, a certificate and also a monetary prize which was kindly donated by Lord of the Borough Keith Stokes Smith. 

Austins Department Store awarded a prize for best dressed escort which went to the escort of Andrew Fox (Julie) from Ilminster and best dressed couple, this prize went to Mike & Angie Bishop from Frome.  A trophy was also awarded to best dressed crier and that went to Owen Collier from Royal Wotton Bassett.  Plus winner of the Devon Championship went to Roy Goodwin of Ilfracombe.

Many thanks need to go to a number of people, who have made the event possible, these include Austins Department Store, Ken Purchase host crier and his escort Dulcie, Kieran Dore, Lord of the Borough Keith Stokes Smith, The Royal British Legion, The Union Inn, Tuckers Maltings, the ATC and Army Cadets, the judges and a number of Councillors from Newton Abbot Town Council.


For pictures from the day please CLICK HERE