It was all over bar the shouting when Huddersfield staged its annual town crying championships on Saturday.

Town criers from far and wide gathered in Nelson Mandela Corner behind Huddersfield Library to battle it out for the title.

Huddersfield town crier Vic Watson had decided to call time on the event after the 15th competition last year after funds dried up.

But with fresh sponsorship he gave it another go and received ringing endorsement from 10 other criers.

These included Ken Knowles, 67, from Lichfield, Staffordshire, who arrived with his partner Marilyn Masters and Dev Hobson, from Middlewich, Cheshire, who at 61, was one of the more youthful participants.

Huddersfield Town Crier Competition 2016

Dev said: “I have been a town crier for three years. Vic always runs a great competition and we have a lot of fun."

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He added: “A couple of years ago he was going to call it a day but we pestered him so much he relented.”

Mr Knowles said: “This time last year we were in New Zealand at a town crier competition and we have been to Bermuda too.

“It tends to be Commonwealth countries on the whole who take part.”

The event was won by Terry Ford from Otley who also won Best Dressed Crier and Best Content of Afternoon Cry.