On Saturday 18th June Bognor Regis Town Council hosted its first Town Crier Competition, which also happened to be the Guild Championship of the Ancient & Honourable Guild of Town Criers.
Taking place at the seafront bandstand, Town Crier’s from across the land (and even as far as Canada), gathered in Bognor Regis to compete for a spectacular array of Guild trophies!
Hosted by Bognor Regis’ very own Platinum Jubilee proclamation writing Town Crier, Mrs Jane Smith, crowds gathered on the seafront to witness some fabulous cries from some spectacular Town Criers.
Competitors were marked on the accuracy of their cries, as well as their diction, inflection, volume and clarity, content and there were also prizes for the ‘Best Dressed Crier’ and ‘Best Dressed Couple’.
Awards were presented, following the competition, at The Regis Centre by the Town Mayor and Mayoress, Cllr. John Barrett and Ms. Carole Brett.
A big congratulations to all the winners, including John Collingwood, Town Crier for Bridport, who took home the cup for 1st place!
Jane Smith, Bognor Regis Town Crier said of the event “The Town Criers, without exception, were thrilled by the venue and the wonderful hospitality along with the Town Council’s superb organisation. I would like to give thanks to our wonderful judges for giving their time and to all our generous sponsors. All in all - a fantastic weekend!”
Bognor Regis Town Council would like to thank Hazel Latus BEM, Gary Edgington MBE, Danny Dawes and Stevie Jones (Grandad’s Front Room), Lou-Lou Arram (‘Vintage by Lou-Lou’), Sarah Boote-Cook (Carnival Association), Jonathan Smith and Geoff Davis for judging the competition.
Thanks also to the Mayor’s Cadet AC Amy Wales, Town Force and Town Council staff and Councillors, Paul Wells and Alan Barber for their photography and of course, the sponsors of the competition:
Whittingtons Bandstand Seafront Kiosk
Bognor Regis Afternoon's WI
The Regis Centre
RAFA Branch 381 (and everyone involved in the organisation of the Bognor Regis Armed Forces Day event).
Bognor Regis Town Council looks forward to welcoming the Criers back for another competition very soon!
For a photo slideshow of the competition, click HERE