• Short Summary

    Town Criers compete for the National Championship on the seafront at Hastings.

  • Description

    Unused / unissued footage - dates and locations may be unclear / unknown.

    National Town Criers Championship in Hastings, East Sussex.

    Various shots of Town Criers standing on a platform on the promenade (?) at Hastings. Banner on the platform reads 'News of the World'. Large crowds look on. Voice on tannoy informs those present that there are still some reserved seats available.

    The Town Criers, all in traditional costume, all ring their bells at once - what a din! They start to file off. Various shots of each Crier taking his turn on his own, to ring his bell, shout "Oyez" and shout out the same speech. A man on the platform holds up cards telling the audience which contestant is which! One man, in a rather modern and distinctive costume with a riding hat has a very long and loud 'Oyez' - must be one of the longest ever! It's very funny.

    Another man stands waiting for a brass band in the distance to stop playing so he can have his go. He signals to them to stop, drawing his hand across his throat - 'cut!'. One man has a very strong accent - Welsh?

    There is some clowning by a man supposedly one of the contestants. He seems to have toothache and some other clowns come onto the platform to pull the tooth out. This is all introduced by the variety entertainer / songwriter Leslie Holmes. This is probably what is going on while the judges are deciding.

    More Criers take their turns. Seem to come from all over Britain.

    Continued in UN 2655 C.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:36:41:00 / 01:46:21:00
    UN 2655 A

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