Scarborough town crier battle begins

Town Crier face off ready for the challenge. Candidates David Birdsall  and Darren Foster . pic Richard Ponter 154318a
Town Crier face off ready for the challenge. Candidates David Birdsall and Darren Foster . pic Richard Ponter 154318a

A battle has commenced between two Scarborough men who have bellowed it out for the title of town crier.

Stretching their lungs and roaring the historic town crier bell, short listed David Birdsall and Darren Foster stood in the town hall’s gardens today and auditioned for the prestigious position.

Scarborough began the search for a new town crier since Alan Booth announced his retirement, from the role he has held for 30 years, earlier this year.

The applicants were whittled down and Darren and David went head to head for the title.

Undergoing a harsh interview process before performing two bellowing cries each in front of judges, including the Mayor Tom Fox and his wife Mayoress Ros Fox, and an excited crowd gathered to catch the first glance at the barking competitors.

The bellowing battle can also be seen as a crusade of old vs young as the two competitors are a whopping 38 years apart.

The competitive pair took turns performing first a cry written themselves and a Yorkshire cry.

Younger candidate, Darren Foster, 29, a phlebotomist, said: “I’ve been involved with a number of acting groups, it was more the fact I hadn’t heard it was open and in one weekend I had four people turn to me and said I should go for it.”

He added I think to meet and talk to people from different walks of life would be great.

Whoever is announced the new town crier will take on all of the duties the bell comes with.

David Birdsall, 67, said: “I want to be an ambassador for Scarborough and I think this could be a pinnacle of my life after years of various public speaking.

“I think if I can do my best to help promote Scarborough I’ll be very pleased about that.”

The judges are currently making the decision of the new town crier which will be announced later this afternoon.