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‘Hear ye, hear ye’ – award winning town appoints award winning town crier

Britain’s Best Market town has appointed a town crier – the current holder of the World Record for the Loudest Recorded Town Cry.

David Hinde will commence his duties as town crier for Helmsley, North Yorkshire, on 27th September, when his new position will be formally recognised by The Ancient & Honourable Guild Of Town Criers. The appointment was championed by the independent Helmsley in Business group, and then approved by the town council.

Earlier this year, David, 60, famously led The Grand St Georges Day Parade as ‘Walmington On Sea Town Crier’ in the Dads Army Movie, which was filmed on Bridlington Old Town’s High Street. He featured in the opening seconds of the movie’s international trailer and TV campaigns, seen across the world.

Dressed in his specially made red regalia and Tricorne, with 4-ply black ostrich feathers, which combined cost more than £3000, David will undertake town crier duties at Helmsley events. These will include the upcoming Small Business Saturday and Angel Festival and the opening of the Duncombe Park Christmas Fair.


David will represent Helmsley at the Guild’s Town Crier Competitions throughout the Country. He will also continue to be the Bellman of Bridlington Old Town for Bridlington Old Town Association.

Carolyn Frank, chairman of Helmsley in Business and owner of Libby Butler Jewellers, said: “We are absolutely delighted to appoint David as our official town crier. What better for an award winning town than an award winning town crier? We can’t wait to see him in action at our events – he is a sight (and sound) to behold!”

David Hinde added: “As a Yorkshireman, Helmsley is town I’ve long admired, and I’m just over the moon that everything came together to lead to my appointment as its official town crier. I can’t wait to take part in their many wonderful events – and to hopefully win them some trophies at the nationwide Guild competitions.”

Watch the video from Minster FM on YouTube

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