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Newton Abbot town criers shout it out for top spot

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 10, 2012

  • It was just too noisy for one onlooker as the competition got under way in Newton Abbot Pictures: Steven Haywood

  • Mark Wylie, from Calne in Wiltshire, was the overall winner

  • KIngsbridge town crier Roger Pinder rings his bell to draw the crowds

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The booming voices of town criers from across the country rang out through the streets of a Devon town at the weekend.

Newton Abbot played host to the competition between members of the Ancient and Honourable Guild of Town Criers on Saturday.

In all, 20 criers took part in the colourful and particularly noisy event, performing both a "home cry" to promote their town and an "open cry" on a subject of their choosing.

The overall title was taken by Mark Wylie, from Calne in Wiltshire, followed by last year's winner Roy Goodwin, from Ilfracombe, and 2011 runner up Nick Prideaux, from Bodmin.

The best dressed crier award went to Owen Collier, from Royal Wootton Bassett.

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