Mike Wabe is hoping to stand out when he competes against criers from South Africa, Australia, America and Canada in this year’s Town Crier World Championships.
The event – being held in Chester on August 18-24 – will see the 63-year-old town crier of both Thetford and Brandon be judged on how loud he is, how well his voice carries, his use of inflection and his colourful costume, among other things.
Mr Wabe, Thetford’s first town crier in 70 years, will be entering two cries and has already written his home town cry, drawing on historical aspects of the town in which he lives.
The father of two, who ‘loves interacting with the public’, said: “Once the email came and said I had been selected I felt definite excitement and elation but, 24 hours later, that had left me and terror and dread started settling in. Now I’ve written the first cry I’m feeling excitement again and am looking forward to it.”
From the first Saturday in May until the last Saturday in August, Mr Wabe will be giving a proclamation each Saturday, at 11am, at the town clock in King Street. Members of the public are invited to go along and ‘see a little piece of England’s history at work’ and have a chat with Mike, who is also due to compete in the town crier competitions in Ely on May 3 and Warwick on May 24.