IT’S just more than one month until the World Town Crier Tournament arrives in Chester and with such little time left, criers from across the world have been busy with their final preparations.
From as far away as Australia, Canada and New Zealand, each town crier has been busy preparing their cries and getting their outfits ready for the event, which is part of the first ever Chestival 2010.
Chester town crier and event co-ordinator David Mitchell has been busy making all the arrangements for the 64 town criers and escorts who will be arriving in the UK for the tournament on June 15.
Many of the town criers have received new outfits, which have been provided for them by their town.
The town crier outfits are typical of those worn in the 19th century. They include a riding coat with capes beneath, a waistcoat of contrasting colour and a white linen shirt with jabot ruffles at the neck and lace cuffs.
On the bottom half they wear breeches, tights and buckled shoes topped with a tricorne hat.
Not all the town criers, however, are going for this traditional outfit and the Canadian town crier will be wearing buck skins.
Along with the preparations, all the town criers have been assigned a store within Cheshire Oaks, which they must create an advertising cry for.
Each town crier will be performing his or her advertising cry as part of the competition at Cheshire Oaks on June 18.
Mr Mitchell said: “It has been so exciting to hear what the town criers have been up to over the last few weeks.
“Each of them takes the tournament very seriously and the towns they represent are proud to have them coming to Chester as travelling ambassadors.
“There has been much interest too from the residents of the hometowns and they are all being kept up to date weekly through stories in both the newspapers and on television.”
For further details about all the town crier events, visit www. chestival2010. co.uk.