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Something to shout about

Helmsley’s Town Crier puts in some practice ahead of Yorkshire’s largest town crier competition for decades

Helmsley’s record-breaking town crier will be in town on 7th July, putting in some last-minute practice ahead of Yorkshire’s biggest Town Crier Competition in years.

David Hinde, who holds the World Record for the loudest town cry, will be in Helmsley from 11am, welcoming people with a specially-written cry and letting them know all about events in the town. At 1pm, he will head to the Duncombe Park Steam Rally, to introduce Jake Duncombe and perform an official rally-opening Proclamation.  He will then welcome the steam engines into Helmsley’s Market Place with a cry at 5pm.

The performance is good practice for when David hosts Helmsley’s first ever town crier competition on July 21st 2018. The ‘Helmsley Invitational National Town Criers Competition for The Magna Carta Trophy’ will be the largest town crier competition to take place in Yorkshire for many decades and has attracted the attention of town criers all over the world, with some travelling from as far as Bermuda and Nova Scotia. Twenty town criers will be competing in total, in the picturesque Helmsley Walled Garden against the beautiful backdrop of Helmsley Castle.

David Hinde, Helmsley Town Crier, said: “The countdown really is on now until the big competition, and we’re all getting very excited about it. It should be a wonderful day – quite a spectacle for the eyes and, of course, the ears! With the stunning backdrop of the Walled Gardens and Helmsley Castle, we’re inviting visitors and the local community to come and watch the performances, and many more will catch a glimpse (and an earful!) when we do our parade around town and a declaration from the Town Hall. Although I can’t compete, as host crier, I will still be putting my voice to good use, and so the Duncombe Park Steam Rally will be a great opportunity to practice. In fact, Saturday 7th July is actually my birthday – so what better way to celebrate than shouting about the best market town in the country?”

The National Town Criers competition on Saturday 21st July will start at 11am, with criers performing their ‘Home Cry’. At 2pm the criers and consorts will parade through the town in their eye-catching regalia, before returning to the Walled Garden for a second themed cry about Helmsley, its Medieval Baron Richard De Ros and the famous Magna Carta. The criers will be judged according to the rules of The Ancient & Honourable Guild of Town Criers and trophies will be presented between 4 and 4.30pm.

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.

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.

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

Image credit; Chris Lazenby