Skipton’s Kevin Griffiths won the Barlick Bellman Trophy for best Town Crier at Barnoldswick’s competition held during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee activities.
Mr Griffith’s victory saw him carrying off a trophy that he had himself commissioned when he was Barnoldswick’s first Crier of modern times.
Judging in the competition was done by Barnoldswick Town Council Chairman, Coun. Lindsay Gaskell, and James Wilson from Drystone Radio, and they placed Mr Griffiths narrowly ahead of the runner-up.
His successor, and current Barnoldswick Town Crier, Eliza Mowe, organised the event as part of the town’s Jubilee celebrations which attracted Criers from as far away as Canada.
Almost £1,700 was raised during the weekend and a Junior Town Crier competition took place in the afternoon.
Barnoldswick’s Town Crier activities are sponsored by Barnoldswick Town Council. Town Crier Eliza Mowe, who won the European Championships when they were last held, performs a cry at 11 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month on the town square.
Coun. Ken Hartley, who organised the Jubilee activities in the town, said: “I thought it was an excellent event and quite worthwhile. We also managed to raise £1,677 and a few pennies over the weekend which will go half and half to Help for Heroes and the Bosom Friends.”