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VISIT HELMSLEY NEWS • Updated , 1:36 pm

Helmsley’s Town Crier hopes to ‘stick’ to his winning ways with Treacle Market Town Crier Competition in Cheshire

On Sunday 28 April Helmsley will be promoted on the streets of Macclesfield, Cheshire as Helmsley Town Crier David Hinde starts off the 2019 season of Town Crying Contests.

David is hoping to build on his 2018 successes, following the five trophies and awards he won last year in competitions throughout the UK including Windsor Castle, Haslemere Surrey, Dartmouth and Bromyard in Hertfordshire.

As well as crying about Helmsley, David will also perform a theme cry about ‘Tales Of Treacle Town’ based on the legend of an overturned Treacle Wagon in Macclesfield’s Market Place and of the ghostly spirits said to haunt some of the oldest buildings there. The competition will be held at the Town’s monthly ‘Treacle Market’ in the Market Place and be preceded by a parade of the Criers there.

David commented: “Spring has come and it’s time to exercise ‘The Voice’ again – I shall look forward to representing Helmsley once more. It’s an honour to share all the wonderful things we love about the town with a new audience, hopefully drawing even more visitors to the area from the North West of England. I shall again be competing against Criers from across the Country, so as always, it will be a tightly fought contest I’m sure!”

Katie Atkinson, deputy chair of Helmsley in Business and owner of KVA Planning, said: “David is a fantastic asset to the town, and it’s wonderful to hear him out and about telling new audiences about everything Helmsley has to offer. Town crying is one of the very oldest forms of ‘spreading the word’, and those watching (and listening) are as captivated today as they were hundreds of years ago!”

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