Published: Tuesday, 17th April 2018

Medway’s new Town Crier will make his first official appearance at The English Festival this weekend.

Mike Billingham will host his first Town Crier competition at the festival at Riverside Country Park on Saturday, 21 April. He will give an example of a cry and each competitor will be asked to repeat the same cry from his script.

To enter, members of the public will need to register for the competition at the bandstand before 1.45pm. The top three criers will be given rosettes, and the winner will receive a trophy. The Mayor of Medway, Cllr David Wildey, will help judge the competition.

There will be plenty of fun for all the family at the festival including a Punch and Judy show, Cuddle Corner with animals, a land train and St. George and Dragon will also be roaming the festival on stilts.

This year’s cake competition has a Royal Wedding/Royal Baby theme. All entries need to be submitted to the tea tent by 12pm and the winners will be announced at the bandstand at 3.30pm.


Medway will also be launching its 20th anniversary celebrations at The English Festival. 2018 marks 20 years since the founding of Medway and the creation of the unitary authority, Medway Council. Look out for the Medway20 volunteers at the festival and residents are invited to look at exhibit boards which give lots of fun facts about the year Medway was born and achievements over the last two decades.

Greeting residents and visitors

Mike Billingham, Medway’s new Town Crier, said: “I’m looking forward to my first public appearance as a Town Crier. I’ve got my new uniform and bell and I can’t wait to start greeting residents and visitors. I would like to encourage residents, and visitors, to sign up for the competition and give my job a try.”

Fun for all the family

Cllr Howard Doe, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “The English Festival is always popular as there’s plenty of things for all the family to do and see including sheep shearing, Morris dancing and rope making demonstrations. We’re proud to uphold the tradition of having a Town Crier and I wish Mike all the best in his first public appearance.”

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