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Jokes and ditties filled the town centre with the annual Town Crier Championship.

The event saw 14 town criers from around the country proclaim Oyez, Oyez.

And as well as promoting their hometowns, they even wrote special cries in honour of their host town.

Huddersfield Town Crier Vic Watson, from Dalton said: “It’s great fun and certainly something different – there isn’t enough fun in our town centre.

“Each town crier starts with what’s known as their ‘home cry’ – a homage to their own towns.

“And then for their second cry I’ve asked them to make it about someone famous from Huddersfield.

“I started it off with a benchmark cry – I don’t think people from Huddersfield have ever heard what I do in these competitions.”

Then town criers from Liverpool, Darlington and the Midlands joined the competition before the three judges scored them on confidence and bearing, volume and clarity and diction and inflection.

And there was certainly plenty of joking between the town criers. Some joked that Vic, donned in his finest sky blue regalia, came in his ’panto’ costume for the occasion.

One of the visiting town criers Eliza Mowe, of Barnoldswick, was one of just two women and she is the current European Champion.

Town Crier competition, Huddersfield Piazza - Jane and John Parsons, representing the Lord of the Manor of Rode.

Eliza brought her children along for the day and said: “Being a town crier is brilliant. Everyone is so friendly and approachable and you get to meet so many new people.

“We all love the competition. We all joke that if you don’t come first, second or third then everyone else comes joint fourth.”

Eliza wrote a special cry about Huddersfield actor Gorden Kaye and even managed to get some of his Allo Allo catchphrases into her cry.

The winner was Paul Gough, of Nuneaton, and Bedford, second place was Les Cutts, of Halifax, and third place was John Parson, of Nantwich.

Vic’s opening cry:

In a field near Huddersfield

There lived a cow that wouldn’t yield

And the reason she wouldn’t yield

She didn’t like her ‘udders feeled.