Ilfracombe crier with plenty to shout about

Roy’s a big hit in Lyme Regis

ILFRACOMBE town crier Roy Goodwin beat town criers from all over the South West – and even as far away as Bermuda – at a competition in Lyme Regis on Sunday.

The event, held as part of the East Devon town’s annual RNLI week, saw Mr Goodwin pick up his 13th trophy so far this year. “Since Easter I’ve been promoting Ilfracombe at a number of events,” he said.

“I’ve taken nine trophies to be engraved so far and have another four still at home so it’s been quite a good year so far.”

Criers are judged on sustained volume, clarity, diction, inflection. Content and appearance are also taken into consideration by judges.


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Mr Goodwin, 74, has been a town crier since 1992, but only started competing in 2002 and has become an important ambassador for Ilfracombe while competing in various competitions around the UK and abroad, including the world championships held in Australia in 2003 and 2005.

The event, held as part of the East Devon town’s annual RNLI week, saw Mr Goodwin pick up his 13th trophy so far this year. “Since Easter I’ve been promoting Ilfracombe at a number of events,” he said.

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“I’ve taken nine trophies to be engraved so far and have another four still at home so it’s been quite a good year so far.”

Criers are judged on sustained volume, clarity, diction, inflection. Content and appearance are also taken into consideration by judges.

Mr Goodwin, 74, has been a town crier since 1992, but only started competing in 2002 and has become an important ambassador for Ilfracombe while competing in various competitions around the UK and abroad, including the world championships held in Australia in 2003 and 2005.

The event, held as part of the East Devon town’s annual RNLI week, saw Mr Goodwin pick up his 13th trophy so far this year. “Since Easter I’ve been promoting Ilfracombe at a number of events,” he said.

“I’ve taken nine trophies to be engraved so far and have another four still at home so it’s been quite a good year so far.”

Criers are judged on sustained volume, clarity, diction, inflection. Content and appearance are also taken into consideration by judges.

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