In addition to the region’s recent successful Olympic and Paralympic

Flame celebrations, in which the county crier Michael Wood was involved,

the East Riding can now also claim to have both the overall Best Town

Crier and Best Dressed Town Crier in Britain.

During the bank holiday weekend, Michael took part in the Diamond

Jubilee British Town Crier’s Championships in Hebden Bridge, West

Yorkshire. For the first round, competitors gave their ‘home’ cry in

which they extolled the virtues of their place of representation. Some

criers only have a town or a city, Michael has a whole riding to shout

about - but he is loud.

In his cry he mentions how “Yorkshire’s East Riding is the chosen county

of artist David Hockney, where one can walk our wonderful Wolds or hike

our heritage coastline to discover rustic villages, bustling market

towns and sexy seaside resorts.”

For the second round, competitors gave a cry about a memorable event in

the last sixty years. Michael was lucky enough to win tickets as an

audience member at the recent Diamond Jubilee Picnic and Concert at

Buckingham Palace. His cry covered the highlights of his day in which he

mentioned he was even luckier to brush shoulders with royalty. He even

met Strictly Come Dancing’s Russell Grant, who informed Michael he is

very fond of the East Riding of Yorkshire having written about the

county in a book looking at Britain’s original county names.

Hebden Bridge had recently made the headlines because of flooding to the

town. The competition was held to show that it was open for business as

usual. Michael wanted to attend to lend his support and his presence was

further rewarded by also winning the prize of Best Dressed Crier.

Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire

Council, said: “Michael, with his unique skills, has for the last

fifteen year helped to raise the county’s profile. He is always a

valuable and popular addition to any event, civic and social.”

Michael said: “I greatly value the appointment and I love the variety of

work that it brings. But it is meeting people that I mostly enjoy, to

whom I guess by now you could say I have become a face that rings a


Of the title given to the winner, Diamond Jubilee British Town Crier

Champion, Michael said: “Who knows when the next Diamond Jubilee

celebrating a monarch’s reign of sixty years will take place - maybe

never? This would mean the title could be mine forever, which is a heck

of thought. Oyez it is.”