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The cry is: Yet more success for Michael!

A familiar sight in Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire’s town crier, Michael Wood, has been crowned as the best in Britain for the fifth time after scooping the title at the British Town Criers’ Championship in Ely

Michael is presented with the British Town Criers’ Championship Cup by Councillor Richards Hobbs, Mayor of the City of Ely.

over the bank holiday weekend. In winning the award, Michael was judged on his clarity and volume, enunciation and showmanship. 

Competitors included twenty of Britain’s top professional criers, who delivered a ‘theme cry’ based on “What the Romans did for us!” Michael had the judges amused with his typical comedic turn of phrase when he orated: “The Romans gave us straight roads (without potholes), town planning (without nimbyism), glass windows (with not a double-glazing-salesman in sight), also numeracy, literacy and orgies. Not forgetting the conga. That’s right… the Romans came, they saw, they conga’d.”

Having represented the East Riding for the past two decades, Michael is still full of enthusiasm for his unique role. He told us: “I am especially looking forward to 2021. That will be the year we celebrate the silver anniversary of the abolition of Humberside and the re-establishment of East Riding of Yorkshire. It is when I would love to stage a big competition here, maybe even a world championship,”