Good reason to make some noise

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Competition winners with dignitaries at the prizegiving ceremony Competition winners with dignitaries at the prizegiving ceremony

ASPIRING town criers in Royal Wootton Bassett saw their winning entries put on display at a prizegiving ceremony on Saturday.

Winning youngsters saw their cries on various events mounted on scrolls in the Borough Fields library, and the two top cry-writers were presented with their cry on a scroll in a presentation box.

The children were challenged to write a cry after visiting the town crier exhibition last October, based on a real or imaginary event.

The winner in the seven-and-under category was seven-year-old Nesta Wade, who wrote a cry about a new flu vaccine for all children by order of the Queen.

The winner in the eight to 11 category was eight-year-old Amber Reeves, who wrote about a spectacular ninth birthday celebration featuring a high wire walk.

Nine other youngsters were hugely commended for their town cry.

Mayor Linda Frost, who was among the judges, said she was very impressed with the calibre of entries.

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