The Pocklington Post and town crier Geoff Sheasby have joined forces to offer a £50 cash prize to the person who can compose the best ‘cry’ for Geoff to proclaim at the World Town Crier’s Tournament in Chester.
One of the three ‘cries’ that Geoff will deliver is a ‘home cry’ which extols the virtues of Pocklington as a great place to visit.
The cry must begin with three ‘Oyez’s’ and conclude with:
“So should you come round to our wonderful town, I’ll give you a white Yorkshire Rose. God Save the Queen!”
A minimum of 100 words, and a maximum of 125, is required, to include the above beginning and ending.
The cry can be serious, or humorous. Usually, cries consist of rhyming couplets, but this is not essential.
Entries should be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com, accompanied with name and contact number, by 1 July.
Geoff and Ed Asquith, the Pocklington Post editor, will judge the entries, and their decision is final. The winner will be announced in the Pocklington Post on 10 July.
So come on, you creative and literary buffs, put pen to paper or fingers to the computer keyboard, and get composing.