There are around 200 criers in Britain and in general we are a friendly, supportive community who work together to enhance the role and help each other perform it to the best of our abilities. There are two guilds AHGTC and LCTC that criers can join, each with its own rules and regulations. I happen to be a member of the AHGTC but consider those who join the other guild to be part of the same big family.
Support your local Town Crier
If you are looking for a town crier to help out at a function somewhere other than the Royal Borough (or close neighboring towns) you may want to ask their local crier before you ask me. Here are details of just a few of my fellow criers who might appreciate your call. For a more definitive list visit the AHGTC and LCTC sites.
Christian Ashdown is the crier for Haslemere in Surrey. He used to be based at Windsor during his days as a Household Cavalryman and his current Crier’s livery includes spurs on his boots in a nod to his former career.
Brian Sylvester is the Town Crier for Newbury. He has been crier for more than 15 years. It is nice that I am not Berkshire’s only Crier. I can’t find his website but you can contact him through the Council
Bob Smytherman is the official Town Crier for Worthing, West Sussex a role re-introduced by the Worthing Town Centre Initiative in 2014. Bob is great fun to know.
Angela Standing is the Town Crier for the historic town of Arundel. Not only is she a phenomenally loud crier, but she also regularly name checks Windsor in her standard ‘home cry’ at competitions.
Another crier called “Chris Brown” (and he got there first, so at competitions they generally refer to me as ‘young Chris’ which is nice) but Wimborne’s Chris Brown is a bit of a legend. He has been involved in music all his life, regularly DJs and performs at festivals throughout the summer and is also Serjant of the Wimborne Militia. His livery is based on Civil War period clothing and time spent with Chris is always fascinating.
Jon Bartholemew is a great championship winning town crier who can also play the bagpipes. He organises the big crier competition in Hastings every year but as organiser can never enter as a contestant which is good news for the rest of us as he would doubtless beat us every time.
Llandovery’s Joseph Beard used to live in Windsor, just across the street from my house. He still has relatives in Windsor and their support when they see me in town is always a cheering event.
Beaconsfield Town Crier
Dick Smith has been the official crier for Beaconsfield since 1969 making him one of the longest serving Criers in the world.
High Wycombe Town Crier
The Town Crier announces those who have put on weight with the cry of, “And some more!” – which prompts loud boos from the assembled crowd.