Dewsbury’s first ever Town Crier competition will be held on Saturday 12 May

Town Criers from around the country are coming to Dewsbury to compete in the first ever Dewsbury Town Crier competition on Saturday 12 May.

The event will be hosted by Mr Laurie Gilbert, our own Town Crier. The competition has been organised by Laurie along with Vic Watson, the Huddersfield Town Crier. Vic has been running this type of competition in Huddersfield for 10 years and said “This is Laurie’s first competition, and the Mayor Cllr. Eric Firth asked me if l would help Laurie get things off the ground”.

Town Criers from all over the country will be coming to take part and perform their cries on the steps of Dewsbury Town Hall.

The first round of the competition will start as 10.45 am when each of the Town Criers will perform their “Home” cry. After lunch at 12.45 pm, the Criers will then be asked to perform the host Crier’s choice of cry.

The cries are marked on three main categories; Diction and Inflection; Confidence and Bearing and Volume and Clarity. The judges include the Mayor of Kirklees and Andrew Sloman and Viv Edmonds from the Town Centre Management team.

At 2.15 pm there will be a civic parade to Dewsbury Minster for a special service to give thanks for all that Dewsbury has to offer, after which the Criers will return to the town hall for prize giving and thank yous before bidding Dewsbury farewell.

So come on down to Dewsbury Town Hall on May 12th at 10.45 am to watch and listen to a most colourful and spectacular event which will be taking place on the town hall steps.

For further information please call 01924 326428 / 326413 or email

Pictured are Dewsbury Town Crier Laurie Gilbert with Huddersfield Town Crier Vic Watson and The Mayor of Kirklees Cllr Eric Firth (picture courtesy of The Dewsbury Reporter)

picture of town criers and mayor of Kirklees