Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Town Criers

One of the images of I have of England is the love of history and for pomp and ceremony that the English people have. Just this week there was the opening of a new Parliment, with the Queen's Speech. It was a full dose with the royal jewels, the Household Calvary in full regalia and the like.

Last weekend I heard on the radio that there was going to be a meeting of Town Criers to be held at Bromyard in Herefordshire. I thought "here's an opportunity for some clasic English regalia" and I wasn't disappointed.

The Town Crier is mainly a ceremonial position today. In the 18th century the town crier made legal and public announcements in the town square. They carry a bell, which is rung to gather attention before the announcements are made.

These gentlemen (and one lady) were competing to see who could do the best job that day. As you can tell it was bright and sunny. Enjoy these images!

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