Haslemere’s Town Crier Competition

Today was Haslemere’s Charter Fair. The Charter Fair is organised by a group of volunteers from Haslemere and surrounding villages and has been running every 2 years since it was reinstated in 1984.

I was asked by Christian Ashdown, Haslemere’s Town Crier, to be one of the judges for the 2016 Town Crier Competition. Town Criers competed for the ‘Tennyson Trophy’, which is a dramatic bronze statue of a 17th Lancer of the Light Brigade – a famous military action immortalised in Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’.

Haslemere's Town Crier, Christian Ashdown

Haslemere’s Town Crier, Christian Ashdown – @haslemeretowncr

The competition had two rounds: Home Cry & Military Blunders. It was held in the grounds of Haslemere Museum. The beautiful topiary planters on the stage will soon be adorning Wey Hill, as part of the Wey Hill in Bloom scheme,

Here are some pictures of the competition:

Winner - Best Dressed Town Crier - @rbwmtowncrier

Winner – Best Dressed Town Crier – @rbwmtowncrier

Best Dressed Consort Presentation

Best Dressed Consort Presentation

Presentation to the 2016 winner - Lichfield's Town Crier

Presentation to the 2016 winner – Lichfield’s Town Crier

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