Nelson Town Crier Tony Beckett has won a top honour at a national town crier competition in Yorkshire.
The Conservative Pendle councillor is a former Mayor of Pendle and has been made town crier by Nelson Town Council.
He went along to the British Town Crier Championship in Huddersfield. There were some 25 town criers from all over the country competing. And he was delighted to be named “The Most Handsome Town Crier”!
Coun. Beckett went along and stayed at a lovely hotel on the Friday and said: “We paraded through the town centre on the Saturday morning to The Piazza in Huddersfield’s centre. We all then had to cry in the town centre.
“There were lots of members of the public there watching us. I did have a great time. There are people from all over the country taking part in the contest.”
They each had to shout three “oyezs” and “God Save the Queen” and then make their loud speech.
And he said: “It ended up with lunch at the town hall and we then went back and did a second one.” And then in the evening, there was a meal in a restaurant and the awards were presented. He said: “I was surprised. I didn’t know there was an award I won.”
He also said that one of the long-serving town crier members was now ill. He said: “He’s been a member for years. He decided he would present an award as a best town crier for someone who hadn’t won anything.”
And Coun. Beckett added: “I would like to thank my mother and father for making it possible to be here in the first place!”