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Title defended by champion crier

Champion town crier Carole Williams will highlight the attractions of Bishop’s Stortford when she competes to defend her title in a national competition.

Carol, who holds the titles of World No 1 Female Crier and the highest ranking in the UK, is set to show off her skills in the world tournament in June.

The Lord Mayor of Chester’s Invitational World Tournament will see up to 40 criers from across the world competing in front of thousands of onlookers.

Carol, who has been the Bishop’s Stortford Town Crier since 1996, will be asked to deliver three cries. One of these will be her hometown cry, in which she praises all that is good about the town. She will also have to make a historic cry and will be judged on a number of criteria.

She said: “I’m extremely proud to be Stortford’s town crier and to represent my hometown across the country and throughout the world. I’ll be giving it my very best shot.”

She has been presented with a commemorative teapot by Stortford mayor Cllr Colin Woodward, which she has been asked to present to the host town.

Her partner Paul Gough, who is the town crier for Nuneaton and Bedworth, will also be competing at the event, which will run for a week.

Carol works as a management assistant at the Jackson Square Shopping Centre in Bishop’s Stortford. She also sings with a band, is also a keen horsewoman and enjoys skiing, travel, theatregoing and acting.

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