A new champion town crier was proclaimed on Saturday afternoon with the awarding of the Dorset Town Crier’s competition prize, the Stanley Mansbridge Perpetual Trophy. Seven Criers from across the county competed on a stormy afternoon, but their bellows won through.
- CHAMPION: Alistair Chisholm of Dorchester
- Joint Runners up (tied on points) David Craner of Beaminster & Andrew Fleming of Swanage.
The prize was awarded by The Mayor & Mayoress of Wimborne Minster, Cllr Shane and Mrs Tracey Bartlett who were warmly thanked by the new champion along with thanks for the support of Wimborne Town Council and the provision of excellent refreshments by the Royal British Legion.
Alistair Chisholm will now host the competition in 2016 in Dorchester, and as host is not eligible to compete, there will be fierce competition for this prodigious County Mantle.
The event was judged by three local residents, Alan Sims of Pamphill, and Anthony (MBE) & Christine Oliver, with Anne Brown Co-ordinating the results and doing the hard maths.
The event also hailed the debut of a potential new Town Crier. Sarah Ngugi joined the occasion having previously expressed a wish to become a Town Crier, her friends had encouraged her to do so following meeting Chris Brown at the start of the Wimborne 10 road race. She took a full part in the occasion and completed a very thoughtful and poignant cry with some aplomb. Sarah was judged in comparison with the main competitors and achieved a score equal to the joint second competitors. No small achievement, now we need to find her a town to represent as she would provide an excellent voice for any town wise enough to appoint her.
A video of Sarah’s cry is available here
NOTE: Stanley Mansbridge was the Shaftesbury Town Crier and the competition began in 1987. Stanley was born in London in 1925. He served in the Royal Navy during the second world war and married Joan Bower in London March 1948, by 1962 he was established as a builder in Shaftesbury and died in 1987.