A good excuse for kids to make a noise

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OYEZ, Oyez, Oyez entries are still being taken for a competition in which youngsters can shout as loud as they want.

A Junior Town Crier competition is being staged on Saturday, June 9, as part of the week-long Festival of Alnwick to mark the impending arrival of the Olympic Torch.

Organised by Alnwick’s official Bellman John Stevens, it is open to boys and girls aged 16 years and under, who will be asked to don a ceremonial tricorn hat and ring a handbell before making their proclamation.

The subject of the cries is the Olympics and must be no longer than 125 words, which must include the three oyez at the beginning and God Save the Queen at the end.

The junior contest will take place at 4pm after an adult version, at which 10 criers from across the country will do battle in the Market Place from 1pm for the Alnwick Champion title.

John is inviting criers from Liverpool, Halifax, Ely and other towns and cities.

The Festival of Alnwick will run from Saturday, June 9, to Friday, June 15, with a host of activities taking place throughout the week.

On Thursday, June 14, the Olympic Torch will stop overnight in the town before making its way to Newcastle on the Friday.

Anyone wishing to get involved can contact Karen Larkin by emailing karen@festivalofalnwick.co.uk or by calling 07846 548929.

You can also keep up to date with plans for the festival at www.festivalofalnwick.co.uk