National Geographic : 1953 Jun
© National Geographic Society T Bobby Protects His Eardrums from Crier's Bell and Bellow Town criers from England, Wales, and Scotland gather each year for a national championship contest. Competitors are judged on uniforms as well as volume and clarity. Here one tries the test proclamation: "Oyez! Oyez! Oyez! To all loyal subjects of Her Majesty the Queen here assembled ... " 4' Criers Flex Their Leather Lungs, Strain Throats and Tongues Common long ago, criers are now found in Britain mainly in resort towns, where they proclaim local events, distribute handbills, and attend municipal func tions. The 1952 criers' contest was held in Hastings, Sussex. Winner was Ben Johnson (second row right, with medals), who journeyed from Fowey, Cornwall.