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Come to Helmsley National Town Crier Competition – Saturday 21 July


Saturday 21st July 2018

Helmsley to host its major National Town Crier Competition On Saturday 21 July 2018 – which it is believed will be the largest, national town crier competition to be held in Yorkshire for several decades. and one of the few competitions in the North Of England to have International Town Criers taking part.

The event will be hosted by David Hinde, Helmsley’s official award-winning town crier and Member of the Ancient And Honourable Guild Of Town Criers, together with the ’Helmsley in Business’ group (HIB).


The ‘Helmsley Invitational National Town Criers Competition for The Magna Carta Trophy’ will see at least 20 official town criers representing their towns from across the country and internationally, competing before a panel of specially-selected judges to the rules of The Ancient & Honourable Guild of Town Criers. The setting will be the beautiful Helmsley Walled Garden, with Helmsley Castle as the stunning backdrop to the competition.

For many Criers this will be their first trip from the South of England to Helmsley and the North York Moors National Park and we especially look forward to welcoming two International Town Criers from Bermuda and Nova Scotia.

Criers are awarded points on clarity, volume, diction and inflection. The morning ‘Home Cry’ will see the Criers perform a cry about their home towns, before an afternoon ‘Themed Cry’, “Helmsley, Robert de Ros & The Magna Carta”. As host, Helmsley’s Town Crier, David Hinde will be unable to compete, but will be introducing each Crier and their consorts and providing a Benchmark Cry to assist the judges.

There will also be a colourful parade around the town, ensuring visitors have a chance to see the criers and their consorts in their superb regalia, and both visitors and the local community will be encouraged to watch the competition at the Walled Garden.


Location: Helmsley Walled Garden

Nestling below Helmsley Castle at the foot of the North York Moors this amazing garden has watched people come and go for over 250 years.

Enjoy a drink or a meal at The Vine House Café. With a seasonal menu and using produce from the Kitchen Garden, The Vine House Café serves delicious freshly prepared meals every day of the week.We particularly give our grateful thanks to Helmsley Walled Garden for providing such a stunning location for our National Town Crier Competition on Saturday 21 July.


Photo by S J Butler photography

The competition will be running from 11am until 4:30pm


Time Event
11.10am Start Of Competition at Helmsley Walled Garden - ‘Welcome By ‘Helmsley in Business’

Introduction By Helmsley Town Crier of Judges and Order of the Day.

First Cries -’Home Cry; Criers will proclaim about their Home Towns they Represent.
1.00pm Criers at Lunch
2.00pm Parade Of Criers & Consorts through Market Place to Helmsley Walled Garden ,past the Castle Visitor Centre Entrance and down to the Walled Garden.
2.45pm Arrive back at the Walled Garden.
3.00pm 2nd Cry -Themed Cry -‘Helmsley and the Magna Carta’
4.30pm Cries Finished -Judges Announce Winners, Cups Presented and Photographs.


Adrian Holmes

Sandwell (West Midlands)

Eliza Mowe

Barnoldswick (Lancashire)

Roy Goodwin

Ilfracombe (Devon)

Christian Ashdown

Haslemere (Surrey)

Bill Lomas

Leek (Staffordshire)

Roland Hailwood

Clitheroe (Lancashire)

Peder Nielsen

Bromyard (Herefordshire)

David Bull

Filey (North Yorkshire)

David Birdsall

Scarborough (North Yorkshire)

Ken Knowles

Lichfield (Staffordshire)

Mike Bishop

Frome (Somerset)

Gerald Clark

Lenham (Kent)

Darryl Counsell

Southport (Merseyside)

Steve O’Dare

Skegness (Lincolnsire)

Roger Hewitt

Knaresborough (North Yorkshire)

Peter Stemmer

Darlington (County Durham)

David Jackson

Malton & Norton (North Yorkshire)

Jackie Edwards

Kingsteignton (Devon)

Ed Christopher

City of Hamilton (Bermuda)

Jim Stewart

New Glasgow (Nova Scotia)

Location: Helmsley Walled Garden

The event has been made possible thanks to generous sponsorship from several local companies. ENGIE (formerly Keepmoat Regeneration) are headline sponsors, with other key sponsors including Malton’s Pearson and Ward Solicitors and Crombie Wilkinson 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.




As well as helping to organise the event, Helmsley in Business members have got behind the hosting of the competitors, with Scotts Fish & Chips providing dinner, and Thomas of Helmsley providing a buffet lunch, and Porters and Crema coffee shops providing cakes and scones for morning tea.

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