A taste of ancient justice will be on display at Bridlington Old Town Festival’s first town crier competition.
The competition, on Sunday July 7, will see Bridlington town crier David Hinde judge twelve criers from around the country – as well as holding a ‘lock up in the stocks’ event outside the Pack Horse Inn, kicking off the festivities which this year will be linked with the Bridlington Priory 900 event.
Organiser Mr Hinde, who as host will not compete in the event, said: “It will be a chance for Bridlington to learn about the ‘Orrible History’ of the punishments given by the Bayle Court House in past centuries before the criers begin their morning cries.
“I am delighted that we have secured the attendance of the Corps Of Drums and Drum Major of the Yorkshire Band Of The Royal British Legion from Barnsley, the first time they have ever performed in Bridlington, to start off with a drum roll at 10.50am in the Market Place, to introduce the Town Crier reading out who will be put in the Stocks outside the inn.”
Richard Andrew, landlord of The Pack Horse will be amongst those ‘prisoners’ locked up in July, and he helped raise £500 for Help for Heroes in a similar event over the bank holiday weekend –with Bridlington Town councillor Jackie Foster joining in the spirit of the event and getting soaked with a large bucket of water.
The Old Town Festival begins with the ever-popular Secret Gardens on Saturday June 29 and Sunday June 30, before performances of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers on Tuesday July 2 and the EYMS brass band on Saturday July 6, both at the Priory.
The final day of the Festival, Sunday July 7, will see a food and craft fair on the High Street and on Church Green, where the Old Town Show also takes place.