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The Town Crier

Find out about our Town Crier

The town crier, dressed in a red and gold coat, white breeches, and black boots, is a tradition dating back to the 18th century. Using a handbell to gather attention, they begin their announcements with the words “Oyez, Oyez, Oyez!” which means “hear ye,” signalling for silence and focus.
Our much-loved Town Crier, Trevor Heeks, has been Trowbridge Town Crier since the 6th of September 1986. Trevor was one of 20 contestants. A week before the competition, all contestants were invited to compete in the town centre. Contestants were then reduced to 10, and on the 6th of September, all had to crier on a back on a pickup, and then they were all interviewed separately, where they were asked about Trowbridge and the local community. Trevor was selected, and his first engagement was that same evening, where he led the carnival procession.
Since then, Trevor has won three European championships for town criers, one world championship, and over 160 competitions. Trevor has made close connections with the whole community, including our twin town in Leer, where he opens the annual Gallimart when he visits.
Trevor also had the unique opportunity to travel on the second trip through the Channel Tunnel, with the first being Queen Elizabeth’s.
Trevor’s booming voice and charismatic presence have become synonymous with the spirit of Trowbridge. From announcing important news and events to engaging with residents and visitors alike, he is a cherished figure in the town’s history. His dedication and passion for his role as Town Crier have also forged strong bonds within the community and beyond.
As the custodian of tradition and the herald of progress, Trevor Heeks continues to enchant and inspire all who have the pleasure of hearing his resounding call.
If you wish to know more or contact out Town Crier, contact us via email on info@trowbridge.gov.uk

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