I have been a Town Crier for over 34 years. I started as deputy of Peterborough in 1987 and then became the Town Crier of Market Deeping in 1991. I was Market Deeping Town Crier for over 20 years even though we moved up to the Peak District where I became Bakewell Town Crier. We held numerous Town Crying competitions In Market Deeping where we had Town Criers from all over the UK, Europe and some from as far away as Canada and Australia competing for the title.
I have been lucky enough to compete in the World Championships in various places my first being in 1993 Markham, Toronto Canada. My first big competition as there were 106 Criers taking part. I managed to reach 27th in the World but the pinnacle of that competition was a separate competition held at Niagara Falls where I became the Niagara Falls Champion.
My next World Championships was in Ballarat Australia in 1995. On my journey home I was privileged to be in Bangkok and was able to go to Kanchanaburi where the Bridge over the River Kwai is situated. I was able to commemorate 50 years of peace from the end of World War 2. So at
11.00 am on 11th November I did a "Cry for Peace where the bombs had dropped on the bridge. It was very emotional but a wonderful experience.
On November 11th 2018 there were over 150 Criers around the World commemorated 100 years from the end of World War 1 with a cry I had written. This again was very moving and something I will never forget.
In 1997 at the British Championships held in Lincoln I became the loudest in Britain reaching 109 decibels
2012 was also a busy year as it was the Queen's Jubilee and also the year London held the Olympic Games. A few Criers went to Buckingham Palace to cry for the Queen's birthday. I had been to the Palace on a previous trip to cry for the Queen Mother's 100th birthday and we went again for the Queens 90th birthday.
I was able to cry for the Olympic Torch as it passed through Bakewell on it's way to Matlock.
Since moving to Suffolk I have been Town Crier of Newmarket and have also been adopted by Brandon to do cries for them as well.
I've had many fantastic experiences I wouldn't have had if I hadn't been a Town Crier. I love my hobby and plan to continue for as long as possible.