He may not have taken the title of Champion of Champions at the National Town Crier Championships but Parkes’ Tim Keith certainly made plenty of noise at the titles held at Warrnambool, Victoria on October 27.
Parkes’ official town crier, Tim, was competing in his 12th championships, finishing second in the Loudest Cry competition with a cry recorded at 95.5 decibels.
The winner, Kevin Howarth of Toowoomba, recorded a 95.7 decibel cry.
At 95.5 decibels Tim’s cry can be compared to the noise of a typical power drill or a violin.
An average yell or shout is usually recorded at 90 decibels.
“The number of criers was down this year,” Tim said before adding “but we still had a great competition”.
Before the competition began the criers all travelled to Flagstaff Hill for a light and sound show about the area known as Shipwreck Coast which was to be the theme for the competition.
“The cries were performed on a deck in front of an artificial lake at Flagstaff Hill.
“The home cry (competition) was first, after which we were judged for our dress and scroll.
“After lunch we did our host cry with the theme being the Shipwreck coast and with 638 known shipwrecks there were lots of ideas to explore.
“It’s always interesting to listen to the other criers and how they interpret the information,” Tim said of the competition.
Next year’s titles will be held at Echuca.
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