Criers to hold Chester shouting match


Natalie Barnett

CHESTER’s ancient streets will echo to the sounds of proclamation and pageantry this summer when some of the world’s finest criers descend on the city to compete in the World Town Crier tournament.

Twenty-five criers from 10 nations will compete during a week of sound, colour and pageantry from August 18.

Chester’s very own Town Crier David Miitchell will welcome fellow criers from across England, Wales, Ireland, Germany, Holland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the Channel Islands and the USA.

Having first hosted the event in 2001, and again in 2004 and 2010, it seems that the world’s criers can’t get enough of all Chester has to offer.

Chester crier Mr Mitchell said: ‘Chester has earned an excellent reputation for putting on a well-organised competition and our historic city provides the perfect backdrop for such an event. Some criers have applied to return for the fourth time, so we must be getting something right.’

The Whale Crier of Hermanus in South Africa is also interested in attending the competition but has yet to be confirm his attendance.

Mr Mitchell has promised the Whale Crier that, if he comes to Chester, he’ll be put in a hotel room with a west-facing window: ‘That way, he’ll see Wales every day of his stay,” joked Mr Mitchell.

The quality of crying during the competition is expected to be of the highest standard as the competitors include seven past or present national champions, and five past or present world champions, including the reigning Chester World Champion, Chris Whyman of Kingston, Canada.

Chester is hosting the event thanks to the generosity of the Chester Hotels Association which has agreed to host the criers for seven nights.

Organisers are appealing to local businesses to help sponsor the event.

Chester Cathedral is supplying staging for the competition and, by way of thanks, the criers will climb the cathedral tower literally to shout from the rooftops, highlighting the cathedral’s spectacular new attraction, Cathedral at Height..

Mr Mitchell said: “We hope to find many other such win-win arrangements for the criers.”

Anyone who would like to partner with this event is invited to give the crier a call on 01244 311736.

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