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King among town criers takes crown
10:00am Sunday 24th June 2012 in Latest News
Trowbridge's town crier has scooped a new title in a two-day crier competition.
Trevor Heeks, who has been a town crier for 26 years, was the overall winner of the Frome and Calne town crier contests held over last weekend.
During two cries – in Frome on Saturday and Calne on Sunday – Mr Heeks had the highest average score in a strong field.
That tally secured him the Wessex Crown, a prize created for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year.
Mr Heeks said: “To know that you’ve come out on top of the whole competition at the end of it is very nice.
“I was really chuffed. It was brilliant.”
The win is the 147th of his long career as a crier and he has now set his sights on winning 150 cries before retiring, a feat that no-one has achieved before.
Despite Mr Heeks winning the Wessex Crown, Bromyard crier Peter Nielsen won the Calne competition and Calne’s own crier Mark Wylie, 45, from Studley, was victorious in Frome, notching up his fourth win in six competitions.