‘Hear ye, hear ye’ – award winning town appoints award winning town crier Britain’s Best Market town has appointed a town crier – the current holder of the World Record for the Loudest Recorded Town Cry.
David Hinde will commence his duties as town crier for Helmsley, North Yorkshire, on 27th September, when his new position will be formally recognised by The Ancient & Honourable Guild Of Town Criers. The appointment was championed by the independent Helmsley in Business group, and then approved by the town council.
Earlier this year, David, 60, famously led The Grand St Georges Day Parade as 'Walmington On Sea Town Crier' in the Dads Army Movie, which was filmed on Bridlington Old Town's High Street. He featured in the opening seconds of the movie's international trailer and TV campaigns, seen across the world.
Dressed in his specially made red regalia and Tricorne, with 4-ply black ostrich feathers, which combined cost more than £3000, David will undertake town crier duties at Helmsley events. These will include the upcoming Small Business Saturday and Angel Festival and the opening of the Duncombe Park Christmas Fair.
David will represent Helmsley at the Guild's Town Crier Competitions throughout the Country. He will also continue to be the Bellman of Bridlington Old Town for Bridlington Old Town Association.
Carolyn Frank, chairman of Helmsley in Business and owner of Libby Butler Jewellers, said: “We are absolutely delighted to appoint David as our official town crier. What better for an award winning town than an award winning town crier? We can’t wait to see him in action at our events – he is a sight (and sound) to behold!”
David Hinde added: “As a Yorkshireman, Helmsley is town I’ve long admired, and I’m just over the moon that everything came together to lead to my appointment as its official town crier. I can’t wait to take part in their many wonderful events – and to hopefully win them some trophies at the nationwide Guild competitions.”
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Helmsley in Business is a group of 60 businesses working together to ensure the continuing success of the North Yorkshire town of Helmsley. Members include: Amanda Field Millinery;Antiques and Interiors;Auntie Anne’s Bakery; Bella di Notte; Bisca; Black Swan Hotel; Bondgate Antiques; Browns of Helmsley; Castle Stores; Carters Country Wear; Celebrate Country Cake Design; Claridges; Crema Coffee Shop; Cut Price Bookshop; Duncombe Sawmill; Duncombe Park Gift Shop; Duncombe Park Partnership; Elijah Todd; English Heritage; Feversham Arms Hotel and Verbena Spa; Gepettos; Handford Hairdressing; Helmsley Art Centre; Helmsley Brewery; Helmsley Galleries; Helmsley Garden Cottage; Helmsley Outdoors; Helmsley Town Hall; Helmsley Traditional Sweet Shop; Helmsley Walled Garden; Helmsley Wines; Honeysuckle Cottage; Hunters of Helmsley; JEB taxis; KVA Planning; Lazenby Visuals and Framing; Libby Butler Jewellers; Look Gallery; Marleys Butchers; National Centre for Birds of Prey; No. 54 B&B; North York Moors National Park; Pennita Fashions; Porters Coffee Shop; RED taxis; Retals; Room for Antiques; Saltbox Gallery; Scotts of Helmsley Fish and Chip Shop; Snooty Fox; The Bay Clinic; The Feathers; The Royal Oak; The Stick Man; Think Fresh; Thomas of York; Thundercliffes; Tulchan; Veneto; and Viva Hair.
Helmsley is a beautiful market town in the Ryedale District of North Yorkshire, with something to offer everyone - and a great place to explore the North York Moors National Park. It is popular with tourists for its characterful Market Place, historic architecture, the wide range of quality independent shops, and the excellent selection of accommodation, pubs, cafes and restaurants, many of which are award-winning. There are also plenty of interesting activities and attractions available on the doorstep including The National Centre for Birds of Prey, Helmsley Castle, Rievaulx Abbey and The Walled Gardens. Helmsley also marks the start of the Cleveland Way, which is popular with walkers and loops round the National Park to end up at the coast near Filey.
For more information log on to www.visithelmsley.co.uk