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VISIT HELMSLEY NEWS • Updated , 8:05 am

Something to shout about as Helmsley warms up for the National Town Crier Competition

– Yorkshire’s biggest town crier competition in decades takes place 21 July at Helmsley Walled Garden

– Scotts Fish & Chips creates a special throat-soothing honey-infused tartare sauce for the town criers

– Visitors can take a Town Crier Selfie at the Helmsley Arts Centre

– Helmsley Businesses get involved with competitions and special offers to shout about

With just over a week to go until the biggest town crier competition to be held in Yorkshire for decades, businesses in Helmsley are shouting out about some of their ideas to celebrate the event.

Scotts Fish & Chips Restaurant, which will be feeding all the participating town criers after the competition, has created a new honey-infused tartare sauce recipe to soothe the throats of the criers after their performances. Along with a special homemade honey and mustard dressing and with apple cider vinegar for the chips, all ingredients which are said to help ward off sore throats, the town criers should be back to full crying strength in no time.

Other businesses, such as Libby Butler Jewellers and Lazenby Visuals and Framing, are offering 15% off selected items when customers announce their arrival in store during the weekend of 21/22nd July with the traditional cry of ‘Oyez Oyez!’. The wool shop Castle Stores has knitted its own town crier and is running a competition asking people to name the character, to be in with the chance of winning a voucher for the store.

Helmsley Arts Centre will also be getting in on the action with town crier selfie station, complete with a costume for people to dress up in and a polaroid style frame which people can use to create a trophy-worthy snap. 

The ‘Helmsley Invitational National Town Criers Competition for The Magna Carta Trophy’ on 21st July is the first to be held in the town, and town criers will be travelling from across the world – including Bermuda and Nova Scotia – to compete. Twenty have entered in total, also representing towns in Devon, Herefordshire, Somerset, Surrey, Kent, West Midlands, Lincolnshire, Lancashire and Staffordshire. More local criers include those representing Scarborough, Filey, Darlington, Knaresborough, Malton and Norton.

David Hinde, Helmsley’s World Record Breaking town crier, and the Helmsley in Business group will host the competition, which is to be held at the beautiful Helmsley Walled Garden, with the dramatic back drop of Helmsley Castle.

On 21st July, the competition at will start at 11am when the criers will perform their Home Cry, and visitors and the local community are encouraged to come and watch the performances at the Walled Garden. At 2pm there will be a parade around town of criers and consorts in their eye-catching regalia, before they return to the Walled Garden. A second cry on the topic of Helmsley, the Medieval Baron Richard De Ros and the famous Magna Carta will take place at around 2.40pm, before the winners are announced by the judges and trophies are presented at between 4 and 4.30pm. The criers will be judged according to the rules of The Ancient & Honourable Guild of Town Criers, of which David is a member.

David Hinde said: “It should be a fantastic day out for all the family, with plenty to watch and listen to, and lots going on in local businesses too. Hopefully the good weather will continue, and everyone will be able to sit in the sunshine and enjoy the spectacle. I can’t wait to try Scotts’ new honey-infused tartare sauce – although my voice might be less strained than the others as I’m not allowed to compete as host crier! We’d like to thank them, and all of our sponsors for their help in making the competition a reality. We look forward to welcoming international and national criers from all over the world to visit the wonderful town of Helmsley.”

The event has been made possible thanks to generous sponsorship from several local companies. Energy and regeneration specialist ENGIE (formerly Keepmoat Regeneration) is headline sponsor, with other key sponsors including Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors, which has branches in Malton, Pickering, Selby and York, Malton’s Pearson and Ward Solicitors and construction firm Repair and Restoration Ltd. Other sponsors include Adam Collier Funeral Directors, Kitching Walker Solicitors in Kirkbymoorside, NFU Mutual Pickering, Bisca Staircases and Alpha Signs. Helmsley in Business members Scotts Fish and Chips, Thomas of Helmsley, Porters Coffee Shop and Crema Coffee House are providing food and drink for the criers and their companions. Entrants will also receive a goody bag with Yorkshire goodies including beer from the Helmsley Brewing Co and throat sweets from Helmsley Traditional Sweet Shop.

For more information about the event, go to www.visithelmsley.co.uk/come-to-helmsley-national-town-crier-competition or follow the town on social media www.facebook.com/visithelmsley or @visithelmsley on Twitter

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