Helmsley firms shout about contest plans

Town crier David Hinde helps to promote this weekend's competition.
Town crier David Hinde helps to promote this weekend's competition.

Businesses in Helmsley are shouting out about some of their ideas as they celebrate this weekend’s town crier competition.

The Helmsley Invitational National Town Criers Competition for The Magna Carta Trophy, on Saturday (21 July), is the first to be held in the town and criers will be travelling from across the world – including Bermuda and Nova Scotia – to compete.

The competition at will start at 11am at the Walled Garden and there’s a parade around the town at 2pm.

Scotts Fish and Chips Restaurant, which will be feeding all the participating town criers after the competition, has created a new honey-infused tartare sauce recipe to soothe the throats of the criers after their performances.

Other businesses, such as Libby Butler Jewellers and Lazenby Visuals and Framing, are offering 15% off selected items when customers announce their arrival in store during the weekend of 21/22nd July with the traditional cry of ‘Oyez Oyez!’

The wool shop Castle Stores has knitted its own town crier and is running a competition asking people to name the character.

Helmsley Arts Centre will also be getting in on the action with town crier selfie station, complete with a costume for people to dress up in and a Polaroid-style frame which people can use to create a trophy-worthy snap.

David Hinde said: “It should be a fantastic day out for all the family, with plenty to watch and listen to, and lots going on in local businesses too. Hopefully the good weather will continue, and everyone will be able to sit in the sunshine and enjoy the spectacle.”