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Hastings Week: 64th National Town Criers' Competition. Photo by Frank Copper. SUS-161016-134829001

Hastings Week: 64th National Town Criers' Competition. Photo by Frank Copper. SUS-161016-134829001

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Hastings Hosted the 64th National Town Criers Championship as part of the 1066 celebrations on Saturday.

Fourteen criers from all over the country took part in the annual, colourful, event at Priory Meadow.

Hastings Week: 64th National Town Criers' Competition. Photo by Frank Copper. SUS-161016-134921001

Hastings Week: 64th National Town Criers' Competition. Photo by Frank Copper. SUS-161016-134921001

They were judged on their volume, diction, clarity and inflection together with their fit of costume, bearing, overall appearance and use of historically relevant groups.

The competition was held over two heats which consisted of their Home Cry and one written on the subject ‘1066 and all That’.

Hastings Mayor Judy Rogers, who attended the event, said: “We were very pleased to welcome all the criers to Hastings this year for the national event but also as part of our 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings celebrations.

“It was great to see so many attend and stay for the rest of the day to take part in other events in the town organised for Hastings Week.”

Hastings Week: 64th National Town Criers' Competition. Photo by Frank Copper. SUS-161016-135033001

Hastings Week: 64th National Town Criers' Competition. Photo by Frank Copper. SUS-161016-135033001

This year’s overall winner, by only one point, was Alistair Chisholm from Dorchester with Ken Knowles from Lichfield in second place and Dev Hobson from Middlewich in third place.

Robert Needham from Colchester won the best dressed award and Maureen Taunton representing Newport and Stafford won the best dressed consort.

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