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The photo above was taken in 2015 when we saw 25 Town Criers from the UK and Canada

compete for best cry and best dress in the International Town Crier Competition.


Just last year, Bermuda’s own Ed Christopher (pictured centre) won the first

National Town Crier Competition held in Helmsley, United Kingdom.


At the Competitions held in various towns each year, Town Criers, who are members of the

Ancient and Honourable Guild of Town Criers (AHGTC)

provide a colourful spectacle by entertaining visitors throughout the day as

each competitor performs their home town cry and a cry of their own choice in the hosted town.

In Medieval England, Town Criers were the chief means of news communication with the people

of the town since many could not read or write.


Royal proclamations, local bylaws, market days and adverts were all proclaimed by a bellman or

crier throughout the centuries. Town Criers often dress elaborately, by a tradition dating to the 18th century,

which includes a coloured robe, breeches, black boots and a tricorn hat.

They carry a handbell to attract people’s attention, as they shout the words

“Oyez, Oyez, Oyez!” before making their announcements.


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Town Criers