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Town criers exhibition something to shout about
7:20am Tuesday 17th September 2013 in News
AN exhibition celebrating the tradition of town criers will start on Friday at the library in Borough Fields, Royal Wootton Bassett.
A model in full town crier regalia, guarding a set of stocks, will greet visitors to the library as part of the Town Criers Down the Ages exhibition.
Artefacts from the Royal Wootton Bassett Museum will be on display as well as items from town crier Owen Collier’s own collection.
These include a large truncheon, once carried by town criers as they discharged their duties as town constable, and a set of thumbscrews.
Owen will be on hand at various times to share fascinating facts of town criers in days gone by, while there will be demonstrations of the impressive sword and mace, ancient symbols of the town crier’s service to the Crown.
Children can also take part in a competition to write their own town cry.
There are two categories – seven and under, and eight to 11-year-olds, with a chance to win a scroll with their winning entry in a special presentation box.
Entries must be less than 125 words, begin with ‘Oyez! Oyez! Oyez!’ and end with the words, ‘God save the Queen’. The cry can be based on a real or an imaginary event.
Entries must be submitted to Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council, 117 High Street, or to the library in Borough Fields, by October 25, and must include the entrant’s name, address, telephone number and school.
For more information about the exhibition and the competition, call the town council on 01793 850222, email email@example.com or visit the Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council Facebook page.
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