John, who works in Plymouth's dockyard, was supported by family, friends and colleagues among an enthusiastic crowd in what was a close fought battle with David Green, who finished as runner-up and will be Deputy Town Crier.
John was presented with the title by Lord Mayor of Plymouth, Councillor Richard Ball, at the ceremony at Plymouth Guildhall.
Reacting to his new role in the city, he said: “I’m pretty excited and a bit overwhelmed really. It’s been great to be in the Guildhall and the support from the mentors and organisers has been fantastic."
He added: “I think I’ve been practising for this all my life as I’ve always been fairly big and loud. I have all the guys from work here and I think I’ve surprised them.”
The competition to find a town crier was a Mayflower 400 Community Sparks initiative - a partnership project between Mayflower 400, Plymouth Culture, Plymouth City Council, The Box, Plymouth and Vital Sparks.
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