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The Barnoldswick Town Cryer

Kevin Griffiths, the town Cryer of Barnoldswick, Lancashire, commissioned this carving as the prize for their local Town Cryer competition. The winner keeps the prize for two years and then it is fought for again.

When we discussed the design, it was obvious that he wanted a typical town Cryer stance with an outstretched arm ringing a bell. Unfortunately, that sort of design is unlikely to withstand the rigours of normal life and in a very short time the arm will fall off. I suggested that a more relaxed, “I have just finished my part in the competition” the stance would be more suitable, as it kept the bell and the scroll protected by being close to the body.

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