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Middlesbrough Town Hall

Town crier competition

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A town crier in uniform and holding a bell

Become the Middlesbrough town crier

This year, to coincide with the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, we're looking for Middlesbrough's very own town crier.

A town crier is an officer of a public authority who makes public pronouncements to people in the town. Traditionally the role has included sharing information and news about upcoming entertainment, changes to law, times and places of markets and bazaars, and royal proclamations.

The new town crier will make their debut at our Jubilee celebrations in Middlesbrough on Thursday 2 June. They will declare a royal proclamation to be heard throughout the town, and play an important role across the weekend of our Platinum Jubilee events. Future activity will include attending other civic events throughout the year, like Armed Forces Day, Middlesbrough pop-up Pride, Middlesbrough Mela, and Christmas celebrations.

Please note, the role of the town crier is unpaid, but your expenses will be covered. We'll provide our town crier with ceremonial livery (a uniform) and their very own bell.

How can I become the Middlesbrough town crier?

You just need to show us your skills! Record yourself, or whoever you're nominating, doing the following town crier speech:

Oyez (pronounced oh-yay), oyez, oyez
Today in Middlesbrough and throughout the Tees Valley
Let it be known in proclaiming this message
That I would like to be considered for the position of Middlesbrough town crier
God save the Queen!

Be creative and show us the full force of your personality. You can dress up, sing, rap, dance, or act your way through your town cry.

Send your video entries via email to Jubilee@middlesbrough.gov.uk by the deadline, Monday 9 May at 11:59pm.

Terms and conditions and other important information

  • Applicants for the town crier must be aged 18 or over
  • Applicants for the town crier must be a Tees Valley resident
  • The town crier post will be held for at least one year
  • The town crier role is unpaid, but expenses will be covered
  • The town crier must be available on Thursday 2 June 2022 for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations
  • Entries to the town crier competition must be submitted by Monday 9 May at 11:59pm - any entries received after the deadline will not be considered
  • Middlesbrough Council holds the right to publish submitted videos across their social media channels, create digital content, and publish / print materials
  • Town crier submission videos will be reviewed by an independent panel and the winning applicant will be informed no later than Friday 13 May 2022