Town criers to do battle in Dewsbury

Mayor of Kirklees Coun Eric Firth and town criers Laurie Gilbert and Vic Watson in front of Dewsbury Town Hall to promote a town crier competition for Dewsbury. (d01101154)

Mayor of Kirklees Coun Eric Firth and town criers Laurie Gilbert and Vic Watson in front of Dewsbury Town Hall to promote a town crier competition for Dewsbury. (d01101154)

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Town criers from across the country will battle for glory later this month when Dewsbury hosts its first town crier competition.

The competition on Saturday May 12 has been organised by Dewsbury’s own town crier, Laurie Gilbert, and his Huddersfield counterpart, Vic Watson.

The festivities kick off at 10.45am on the steps outside Dewsbury Town Hall, with criers performing for shoppers in their own unique style throughout the day.

Entrants will have their cries marked a team of judges which includes the Mayor of Kirklees, Coun Eric Firth, and Andrew Sloman and Viv Edmonds from the town centre management team.

At 2.15pm, there will be a civic parade to Dewsbury Minster where a civic service will be held. The mayor has invited representatives from across Kirklees to join the celebration of the town.

After the service, the criers will then return to the town hall for a prize giving.