Oyez! Oyez! Oyez!

Town crier Andy Lowe (left) is joined by some peers at a Victorian Weekend in 2010
Town crier Andy Lowe (left) is joined by some peers at a Victorian Weekend in 2010

LOUD-mouthed competitors from all over Europe are set to descend upon Robin Hood’s Bay at the end of the month as the European Town Criers’ Guild Championships are set to be held in the village at the end of this month.

It is the first time the competition has been held in the United Kingdom and will be held on 28 and 29 April.

Fourteen town criers will descend upon the village and compete for the title of European champion, however ‘Bay town crier Andy Lowe will not take part as he will be busy organising the event.

Robin Hood’s Bay beat Lille and Ostend to the privilege of hosting the competition, but Mr Lowe says he hopes the event will attract applicants to replace him as the borough’s town crier when he retires this year after two decades in the role.

He said: “I hope that these championships will entice someone to take on the role and join the guild.

“You need a good voice, a desire to perform and the wish to keep this wonderful tradition going.

“We hope that people will join in what will be a celebration of town crying and have a go at ringing our bells.”

The competition will be held over two days and there will be three cries as part of the competition around the village.

The first will be an advert about where the criers come from in the Victoria Hotel’s gardens on Saturday at 4pm.

The second cry will take place in the Dock and be about a fair or festival in their area at 11.15pm.

The championship will conclude with a third cry about the role of the town crier, also in the Dock, at 2pm.

Confidence and bearing, diction and inflection, volume and clarity, the accuracy of their cry and their dress are all aspects upon which the criers will be judged.

Robin Hood’s Bay Tourism Association have supported the event and chairman Rob Rymer said: “We hope you will come and give your support to this unique event.

“It’s an amazing cultural tradition which we share with our European neighbours.

“It promises to be an entertaining weekend with the bonus of a variety show at the village hall at 8pm.

“Why not come, join in and enjoy yourself?”

To find out more about the town criers or the European Guild, contact Andy Lowe on 07716865336 or email andylowe2@hotmail.com.

For more information about Robin Hood’s Bay Tourism Association, telephone Rob Rymer on 07802984692 or email robrymer@live.co.uk