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Hastings Town Crier Wins British Town Criers' Championship - Visit 1066 Country

Hastings Town Crier Wins British Town Criers' Championship

29th July 2016

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Hastings Town Crier, Jon Bartholomew has returned home triumphant this weekend after having won the prestigious Loyal Company of Town Criers British Championship.

Jon, accompanied by his wife Victoria, was one of only 15 top Town Criers from around the UK to be invited to attend the Championship, held in Biddulph, Staffordshire on Saturday (23rd July).

The Criers were required to perform two separate themed cries during the day and were judged on five different disciplines :- confidence and bearing, diction and inflection, volume and clarity, content of cry, and engaging  the  public audience.  With a combined total of 50 marks per cry, in total Jon came away with a score of  90.2, having  lost only 0.2 marks for missing out one word scrutinised by the “accuracy” judge.

The event was rounded off for Hastings when the colourful couple in their period costumes were also awarded the prize cup for best dressed town crier and escort.

Jon said :- “The whole day has been a great success for Hastings, and indeed Sussex, and I’m absolutely chuffed to now hold the title British Champion, and I’m so proud to bring home the cup and title, as the other criers competing were some of the best in the UK. It’s also a great accolade for my wife and I to win best dressed couple too.”

Jon has been the official Town Crier of the Borough of Hastings since 1998 and although he has won a number of tournaments both nationally and internationally, this is the first time he has attended and won the British Championship. Jon now has his sights firmly fixed on attending and maybe being placed at the World Championships in Chester in 2017.     

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