Chairman of The Loyal Company of Town Criers
Brenda has been a Town Crier now for over 28 years. It started in Peterborough on September 7th in 1987 when she was taken on as Deputy following a competition of around 10 candidates. It didn’t take long before she was appointed by Market Deeping in Lincolnshire as their Town Crier which she did for over 20 years.
She was for four years Town Crier of Bakewell in Derbyshire following a house move to the Peak District and is currently the Town Crier of Newmarket following another house move where she hopes to stay for quite some time.
The variety of work, from leading the Annual Carnival Parade switching on the Christmas lights, civic ceremonies; to doing a cry for Peace on the Bridge over the River Kwai and being a Master of Ceremonies for a wedding has made her “career” very stimulating and I’m sure the list will continue to grow.
She has achieved many accolades and awards throughout the years by attending British and World Town Crier Competitions including:
27th in the World in 1993, Niagara Falls Champion, Loudest in Britain 1997 reaching 109 decibels and was fortunate to be the runner up by just half a point at the Loyal Company of Town Criers British Championships held in Hebden Bridge in 2012 proving that she can hold her own when it comes to a male dominated profession.
In fact people often ask what skills are needed to be a Town Crier. As it is often pointed out by the Public that they didn’t know there were Lady Town Criers.
I can confirm that there are only around 26 in this Country which is about 10% of the number of Criers overall and it is growing year on year as word of mouth always has and always will be the most basic form of communication.
As to the skills needed:
A good voice, a good pair of lungs, a good pair of legs, a sense of history, tradition and showmanship and above all a sense of humour.
People like to see and hear Criers and as such there will always be a welcome for a more colourful way of literally shouting something from the rooftops.
On officially being appointed as a Town Crier by a council to represent a Town, or City, they can join the Loyal Company of Town Criers (L.C.T.C),or the Ancient and Honourable Guild of Town Criers (A.H.G.T.C) both of which employ codes of conduct and working practices.
Queen’s 90th Birthday Cry
2012 Banbury Championships