Saturday 19th November 2005 Haworth Holler Town Crier Competition
Town Crier Competition when criers from all over the country converged on Haworth. Martin Hallett from Leighton Buzzard won best crier competition in 2002 and 2003. Victor Watson from Huddersfield won in 2004, Don Evans, West Lancashire Town Crier in 2005.
_____________________________________19th November 2005 Haworth Holler Town Crier competition results.
1st (139 points) Don Evans, West Lancashire Town Crier, 2nd (138.5) Vic Watson, Huddersfield Town Crier, 3rd (134.5) Liz Woolnough, Barnoldswick Town Crier.
Best Ambassador - Vic Watson, Huddersfield Town Crier
Humerous cry - Cyril Richardson, Cannock Chase Town Crier
Best dressed Crier - Cyril Richardson, Cannock Chase Town Crier
Best dressed escort - Jo Jackson 2005 Town Crier SponsorsThe Fleece Inn more...
Grandma WildsThe Old Registry more...
Haworth TradersHaworth Parish Council more..."We the Criers are grateful for the hospitality, friendship and fellowship shown to the Criers and Escorts".
Video clip of Martin Hallett in 2002 competition here...
360 panorama of the Town Criers here...
Town Criers go as far back as 1066 when news of events was passed from town to town.
Up to the late 19th Century most people were unable to read and so news was passed on to the public by the Town Crier.
The word "Oyez Oyez" (translated as "hear ye" or "listen") was familiar in towns and villages as was the ringing of the bell to gather public attention. They finish their proclamation with "God save the Queen" (or King).
The town criers hat has a feather in it symbolising the quill which was the implement for writing.