Colourful characters gather in Exmouth for national town crier competition

PUBLISHED: 12:00 16 June 2018

Exmouth's Town Crier belts out the introductions at this year's town criers competition, in Exmouth. Picture by John Bailey Photography.

Exmouth's Town Crier belts out the introductions at this year's town criers competition, in Exmouth. Picture by John Bailey Photography.

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The centre of Exmouth was recently ablaze with colour and the sounds of bells and loud cries, as the town hosted its annual town crier competition.

Exmouth mayor Jeff Trail and town crier Roger Borgein front a group photo outside Holy Trinty Church. Picture by John Bailey Photography.Exmouth mayor Jeff Trail and town crier Roger Borgein front a group photo outside Holy Trinty Church. Picture by John Bailey Photography.

On June 2, Exmouth hosted a National Town Crier Competition, with criers travelling from far and wide to take part.

The Exmouth Pipers and new town mayor, Jeff Trail, led the parade of 25 visiting town criers and escorts from Holy Trinity Church to Exmouth’s Strand Gardens.

Exmouth Town Crier, Roger Bourgein announced the criers’ rules to a laughing and cheering crowd.

Each competitor had to perform a cry relating to their home town and a cry of their choice.

Exmouth Pipers lead the parade through town. John Bailey Photography.Exmouth Pipers lead the parade through town. John Bailey Photography.

First place was won by Ilfracombe town crier Roy Goodwin, second place was Ken Knowles, of Litchfield, and in third was Andrew Fox, of Ilminster. There were also prizes for Best-Dressed and Lady Escort. The event was supported by local businesses.

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