Michael Wood - Town Crier of East Riding of Yorkshire - Competitions
The collective name for a gathering of Town Criers has been expressed by some as 'a bunch of weirdos' and by others 'a joke'. However, anyone with a sense of history and occasion may want to know that the correct expression is, ahem, 'a heard'.
Town Crier competitions take place on a national and international basis throughout the year. To hear 'a heard' in your local area, access Google on the internet and key in the words: Town Crier Competitions.
Michael Wood in full voice at a competition, escorted by Margaret.
A selection of other criers and escorts.
Crier's can spot a camera at a thousand yards away ...
Upon receiving a winning place, Michael Wood proudly talks-up both himself and The East Riding of Yorkshire, the county he represents and continually strives to promote. He also has positive words for East Riding of Yorkshire Council who kindly sponsor him to attend major competitions.
"I have always maintained that a being a world champion doesn't truly make one the best town crier there is. Being a great crier is about more than trying to sound loud and clear in front of high-brow judges.
The three minutes or so for each round that we are competing on the stage whilst acting like peacocks and uttering posh prose might technically achieve someone world champion status. It's actually what happens off the stage that matters. It's about how criers are as people and how we are judged by our locals when out and about in the streets.
And anyway, I would never cry to my locals the way I do in a competition ... the first thing I would say to any crowd on my home turf is: "Please step closer folks I don't want to have to shout!" - Michael Wood 2003
Contact Michael on Mobile: 07770 372999; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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