It was an exciting 5 days of fun and competition for town criers from all over the world here in Kingston this past long weekend.
The criers, who came from Canada, USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Belgium and Holland, took the stage in 3 competitive cries. A panel of judges watched and listened carefully to their shouts and determined the following winners of the event:
First Overall: Richard Riddell (Anacortes, Washington,USA)
Second Overall: GrahamKeating (Sydney,New South Wales, Australia)
Third Overall: Chris Whyman (Kingston,Ontario, Canada)
Other prizes were given out as well. These included prizes for best dressed, which were judged on the first day of competition as the criers and their escorts took to the stage.
Results were as follows:
Best Dressed Crier: Caroline Robinson (Palmerston North, New Zealand)
Best Dressed Escort: Anita Van de Putte (Gent, Belgium)
Best Dressed Couple: Willy& Anita Van de Putte (Gent, Belgium)
The award for Best Ambassador, a prize given to a town crier whose excellent personality and passion for the craft and culture of “Town Crying” can be felt on and off the stage, went to a relative newcomer to the scene, Andrew Welch of Caledon, Ontario.
The Media Prize was given to the Crier who was able to pre‐promote the Kingston event best in their hometown (or country) before arrival for the event.
Paddy‐Ann Pemberton ofGore and Central Otago, New Zealand, won for all of her hard work in newspaper, radio and television back home. She did an
excellent job putting Kingston on the map!
The World Invitational Town Crier Competition was organized by a committee that included support from Downtown Kingston! BIA, Tourism Kingston and the City of Kingston.
It was made possible thanks to sponsorship from each of these organizations as well as a grant from Celebrate Ontario.
UPDATE – August 10: Stephen J. Travers – the Official Town Crier for the City of Barrie, Ontario – issued a statement, thanking the City of Kingston for hosting this year’s competition:
As Official Town Crier for the City of Barrie Ontario, I should like to take this opportunity to thank Kingston’s Town Crier Chris Whyman, your Mayor Mr. Mark Gerretsen, and all the good people of Kingston, for organizing the recent most prestigious World Invitational Town Criers Contest.
What an amazing event indeed, as his event featured 35 Criers from 7 different countries around the world!
The accommodation, food, entertainment, beautiful facilities and spectacular settings made a truly wonderful festival of fun.
I am most proud to have been invited to attend by the citizens of Kingston and to compete against such great Town Criers, who were all splendid ambassadors of their respective communities.
It was just amazing to see how many of your citizens and visitors came out to enjoy watching the contest. Many photographed the Criers, clapped and cheered as each Town Crier proclaimed the fabulous historic attributes of your great City of Kingston.
Please offer my sincere thanks to the Mayor, council, the organizers, Tourism Ontario, the many individual sponsors, and your very own splendid Town Crier Chris Whyman.
The whole event was truly a great success.
Thank you Kingston!
UPDATE: See photos from the World Invitational Town Crier Competition on the Downtown Kingston! Facebook page.
Below: Video of Ted Hsu, Member of Parliament for Kingston & the Islands, performing a ceremonial hometown cry to announce the event.
Release source: DowntownKingston.ca