• Short Summary

    Twenty-three of Britain's best vocal athletes competed, decibel by decibel, in the National Town Criers' Championship at Hustings, Sussex, on Saturday (11 August).

  • Description

    Twenty-three of Britain's best vocal athletes competed, decibel by decibel, in the National Town Criers' Championship at Hustings, Sussex, on Saturday (11 August). They were shouting for a GBP50 first prize, a trophy and a week in a holiday camp.

    The eventual winner was Ben Johnson, who's been crying out loud in the streets of St. Austell with Fowey since 1936. He's been competing in the championship since 1938, and was pipped into second place last year. The most experienced crier must surely be Abraham Curnow, from St. Ives, in Cornwall. He's been in the business 50 years.

    The contest began in 1910, and it continued regularly until the outbreak of World War Two. In that year -- 1939 -- the new title holder Dan Johnson was also the winner.

    At that stage, the competition was largely regional, with most contestants coming from the west of England. In 1947, the first national championship was held, and five years later the Hastings Corporation approached the organisers to have ti staged in their historic town.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABHSTPKGE7SFHPQMRGSWM9LJ0W
    Media URN:
    VLVABHSTPKGE7SFHPQMRGSWM9LJ0W
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/08/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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