Hear Ye! The nation’s top town criers are to gather in Otley in a bid to be crowned one of the country’s loudest hailers.
Contestants from around Britain will attempt to outshout each other in an attempt to take top spot in the second annual Otley Open Town Crier Competition. Each competitor will be judged on two cries: one extolling the virtues of their hometown and the other a “subject cry” focusing on World Car-Free Day that takes place on the same day.
Competing under Loyal Company of Town Criers rules, contestants will vie for a series of prizes including Overall Winner, Runner Up, Best Dressed Town Crier, Best Dressed Consort and Best Ambassador. Proceedings will close with an awards presentation and the chance for members of the public to have a go at ‘crying’ themselves.