International Town Criers Day ― Date, History, and Details

International Town Criers Day

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History of International Town Criers Day and How to Celebrate/ Observe It

In the United Kingdom and several Commonwealth Realms, International Town Criers Day is celebrated on the last Sunday of September. The event was created in 1984 by the British Guild of Town Criers to promote the ancient tradition of Town Crying, and to encourage friendly competition between criers.

During International Town Criers Day, criers from all over the world compete in a series of events, including cry offs, where they must deliver a pre-written speech; extempore, where they must improvise a speech on a given topic; and dress and deportment, where they are judged on their appearance and stage presence.

The day culminates with the crowning of the World Champion Town Crier, which is decided by a panel of judges. The title is currently held by Tony Aikenhead of Australia.