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East Riding Town Crier Michael Wood, a familiar sight on the streets of Beverley, narrowly missed out on being crowned Britain’s Best Town Crier at the national championships held in Darlington.

Michael was beaten into second place after losing out on the title by just half a point. However, he didn’t go home empty handed for he was named Best Dressed Town Crier and Best Ambassador.  

His costume of green frock coat, black breeches and a tri-corn hat adorned with peacock feathers certainly caught the eye of the judges. And Michael, a former soldier who has been the East Riding town crier for 22 years, was particularly proud to win the award of Best Ambassador.

He told Beverley FM: “To represent both where I was born and where I live is an honour. Part of my remit is not solely to shout information at people but to talk to them as well.  Giving people my time and engaging in conversation is a vital part when acting as an ambassador for the East Riding of Yorkshire.”