Geoff is in with a shout

Geoff Sheasby
Geoff Sheasby

A TOWN crier is busy honing his tones as he prepares for the British Championship this weekend.

Pocklington’s official voice, Geoff Sheasby, will be heading to Darlington where he will compete against 27 other mega-mouthed competitors from around the country.

He entered the same competition last year at Bridlington for the very first time and finished a respectable 11th.

This time he is hoping to improve, now that he knows what to expect.

He has being tasked to come up with two cries, the first about Pocklington, and the second which is entitled ‘Who put the darling in Darlington?’.

The competitors, who will all be dressed in the traditional regalia including tricorn hat, will be measured on various attributes including volume and clarity.

Mr Sheasby said: “It should be a very good day and I’m hoping I can do better than I did last time, but there’s no guarantee!

“I’m very much looking forward to it and it’s always good to meet other town criers.

“If anyone happens to be in Darlington on the day, I would be very grateful for the support!

“It should be a very good day.”

Mr Sheasby celebrated 10 years as Pocklington’s town crier in May, and was invited to Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s Garden Party to mark his service.