East Riding Town Crier Michael Wood has still got plenty to shout about after narrowly missing the title of Champion Crier at the Loyal Company of Town Criers British Championship in Darlington.
Michael was beaten into second place on the competition podium after losing out on the title by half a point. However, he was thrilled to be awarded the next two important prizes – Best Dressed Town Crier and Best Ambassador. These titles are for town crying presentational skills off the podium.
East Riding of Yorkshire’s town crier, Michael Wood, has been crowned as the best in Britain for the fifth time after scooping the title at The Loyal Company of Town Criers (LCTC) British Town Criers’ Championship over the bank holiday weekend.
The event, which coincided with the LCTC’s 25th anniversary celebrations, saw competitors contest in the City of Ely, Cambridgeshire, and perform their ‘home cry’ for which they shout the praises of the areas they represent. Dry facts and numerous dates do not impress the judges, but creative writing does.
On the morning of Friday, 01 April 2016, at 1030 in Flemingate Shopping Centre, twelve of Britain’s best Town Criers (including the current world champion) will attempt to set a new record for the World’s Loudest Voice.
In addition to the region’s recent successful Olympic and Paralympic Flame celebrations, in which the county crier Michael Wood was involved, the East Riding can now also claim to have both the overall Best Town Crier and Best Dressed Town Crier in Britain.