Oyez! Mayflower 400 Town Crier set to be picked for Plymouth

Jul 16, 2019

Thirteen contestants will compete to be the official Mayflower 400 Town Crier for Plymouth in a Britain’s Got Talent-style contest next week.

The budding Town Criers will hail their best ‘Oyez’ In the hope of being chosen by a panel of judges during an entertaining evening at Plymouth Guildhall on Thursday, July 25.

People are being invited to join in the fun by helping with the vote and cheering on the competitors.

Once picked, the winner will help raise awareness of the Mayflower 400 year-long programme of events and activities that will mark the 400-year anniversary of the historic voyage to America.

The panel of judges includes local broadcasting legend Judi Spiers and Lord Mayor of Plymouth Councillor Richard Ball.

The Town Crier Competition, brought to life by three residents from the Hoe and funded by the Mayflower 400 Community Sparks cultural programme, starts at 7pm with free entry.

Plymouth Morris Dancers will entertain the audience outside the Guildhall from 6pm before the competition begins.

The entrants have been put through their paces in readiness for the evening by mentors, Dartmouth and Kingsbridge town criers Les Ellis and Roger Pinder. Les will also act as Master of Ceremonies for the evening.

The winner will have no time to rest on their laurels as they will jump straight into the International Town Crier competition in Devon on Friday 26, Saturday 27, and Sunday 28 July.

‘Mayflower 400 Community Sparks’ is a partnership project between Mayflower 400, Plymouth Culture, Plymouth City Council, The Box, Plymouth and Vital Sparks.

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