VIDEO: Hear ye, hear ye! Will the best town crier step forward


Dressed in their finest period costumes, 15 talented men with exceptional clarity of speech came from far and wide to compete in one of Hastings’ oldest traditions - the National Town Criers’ Competition.

The Hastings’ town crier, Jon Bartholomew, said the origins of this historic event date back nearly a hundred years.

He said: “This is certainly one of the oldest, if not the oldest, competitions to be held probably in the world and I can trace its origins as far back as 1922.

“However, only for the last 64 of those years has it been sponsored by Hastings Borough Council.”

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