ONE of the largest town crier competitions in England took place in Somerset at the weekend.

On Saturday, September 18, Ilminster hosted the competition, which started with a parade of criers and escorts from Ilminster Arts Centre to the Market Square.

Winners of the competition included:

  • Champion Crier - Christian Ashdown, Haslemere
  • Second - Jon Bartholomew, Hastings
  • Third - Mark Wylie, Calne
  • Best Dressed Crier - Les Ellis, Dartmouth
  • Best Dressed Escort - Joan Dauncey, Melksham
  • Best Dressed Couple - Chris and Jennifer Smirthwaite, Liskeard
  • Best Home Town Ambassador - Les Ellis, Dartmouth
  • Junior Champion Crier - Harry Lewis, Hatherleigh