Brantford’s Official Town Crier, David McKee, has been invited to compete in the 2017 Bermuda International Town Crier Competition (BITCC). This tournament will take place on the beautiful island of Bermuda from April 18 to April 22, 2017 and McKee will compete against 24 participants selected from around the world.
McKee has been the official Town Crier for Brantford since 1991 and is thrilled to represent the city he loves in an international competition. McKee sees the tournament as “an opportunity to tell potential tourists that we are special and have much to offer those who visit.” McKee last competed at the Central Otago World Town Crier Tournament in New Zealand in 2015 and took home the Ambassador Award for having loudly touted Brantford’s virtues.
The competition will consist of three cries, each on a different date and at different locations between St. George’s and Hamilton. Each competition cry will consist of four judges, three unique to each location and one judge that is consistent throughout.
McKee is able to attend these events through generous donations and support from the community, and he thanks those who have contributed. This year, not only is there an international competition in Bermuda, but there is also a Canadian Championship in Markham, Ontario in June. McKee notes that this will be the first Canadian championship since before he became Town Crier and he has his sights set on winning this event in Canada’s 150th year.
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