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Photo Neil Cross'Garstang Arts Festival town criers competition'Garstang town crier Hilary McGrath with her sister Marjorie Dodds from Chester-le-Street

Photo Neil Cross'Garstang Arts Festival town criers competition'Garstang town crier Hilary McGrath with her sister Marjorie Dodds from Chester-le-Street

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Town criers from across England flocked to Wyre to take part in its annual quirky competition.

The unusual event saw each contestant fully dressed in their home town’s livery as judges scored each of the 11 entrants before handing out five trophies to round off Garstang’s arts and music festival.

Photo Neil Cross'Garstang Arts Festival town criers competition'Dev Hobson of Middlewich

Photo Neil Cross'Garstang Arts Festival town criers competition'Dev Hobson of Middlewich

The criers were scored on their loudness, volume, clarity, diction, inflection, confidence, looks and accuracy by a team of five judges.

Mayor of Wyre Coun Tom Balmain presented each of the prizes.

Each competitor was asked to cry about their hometown and a selected subject, in this case Magna Carta with 
each cry between 75 and 125 words.

The event was hosted by Garstang’s town crier Hilary McGrath in Cherestanc Square on Rope Walk and adjudicate by her sister Marjorie Dodds.

It was great event and the standard was very high

After stiff competition the winners were announced as John Robinson, from Staffordshire, in first overall and David Jackson, from Yorkshire in first for content in talking about the subject of Magna Carta.

Three best dressed awards were given out to Richard and Barbara Mathews, from Kendal, for best dressed couple, Ken Knowles, from
Staffordshire, for best dressed crier and Alice Evans, from West Lancashire, for best dressed crier escort.

Hilary said it was a “great event” and looks forward to next year’s.

She said: “It was great event and the standard was very high.

Photo Neil Cross'Garstang Arts Festival town criers competition

Photo Neil Cross'Garstang Arts Festival town criers competition

“There’s lots of people to thank because the event relies a lot on funding and the generosity of others.

“It was a good turn out for the event too and hopefully we can re-create that again next year.”

Photo Neil Cross'Garstang Arts Festival town criers competition

Photo Neil Cross'Garstang Arts Festival town criers competition