TOWN Criers from across the country will descend upon Calne on Saturday September 30 for its annual town criers competition.

Beach Terrace will be transformed into the most mesmerising spectacle for the event, which will start with a procession at 11am. This year’s theme is ‘Regalia’.

Calne’s Town Crier, Mark Wylie, defended the title of top International Town Crier this year. He first won the competition in 2015, but returned to Bermuda this year and was again crowned as the victor.

Mr Wylie has held the title of Calne Town Crier since 2007 and attends a wide variety of civic and community events in Calne.

He said: “The Calne Town Criers Competition is a wonderful event that brings colour, drama, comedy and history to Beach Terrace.

“September is when Calne celebrates its historical traditions with the Calne Heritage Week. What better way to do this than spend an afternoon in the sun by the River Marden, perhaps enjoying a picnic with your family, while Criers from all over the country regale you with fascinating facts about their home towns.”

This year’s Town Crier event is set to be the best yet; there are sure to be fantastic Cries, and the attire will be a sight to behold. The competition starts at 2:45pm.

Mark Wylie went on to say “Some cries will be historical, some will be hysterical - all will be entertaining and, who knows, some may even be educational!

“So I heartily recommend the Calne Town Criers Competition as a perfect way to celebrate this country’s traditions and have a great day out to boot!”