Written by Guest Blogger: David McKee
The final results of the Annapolis Valley International Town Crier Competition are in. As Brantford’s Town Crier, I was happy to have taken sixth place in a field of nineteen competitors representing five countries. First, second and third were awarded at the conclusion of the competition and went to Mark Molnar of St. Catharines and the Town of Lincoln, Paul Gough of Nuneaton and Bedford, U.K. and Daniel Richer dit LaFleche of Gatineau respectively.
The opportunities to get Brantford’s message out were many and I took advantage of all of them. Besides the competition cries, souvenirs were handed out and long conversations with both local folk from the Annapolis Valley and visitors will hopefully entice tourists to our beautiful burg. After the competition ended, my wife, Betty Jean, and I spent two nights in Halifax and did invitational proclamations at the Halifax City Hall, Alexander Keith’s Brewery and at the Halifax Citadel following the Noon Gun.
As the USB stick with the official photos of the competition has not arrived yet, some available photos show me presenting a gift from Mayor Friel to Windsor, N. S. Mayor Anna Allen and cries being done at Halifax City Hall and the Citadel.
The support of the wonderful people of Brantford was vital to my attendance at this very prestigious Canada 150 event. Thanks go out to many generous people but very special thanks to the City of Brantford for the City Grant, to Kara Davey at Tourism Brantford for her help with the publicity and to Jack Jackowetz, Bill and Chris Darfler, and Emily Darfler for getting the Go Fund Me campaign underway. The others, gratefully acknowledged, in no particular order, are: The Crown Group of Hotels and Best Western Brantford, John Bradford, Phil McColeman, Alex Osborne, Bill Calverley, Richard Carpenter, Margaret Veres, Zoe Shields, Heather Cardle, Jason Teakle, Jim DiNovo, Brad Grose, Paul Urbanowicz, Lucy Marco, Derek Pite, Colleen Miller, Donna Zimmerman, Rob and Sharon Gashgarian, Belinda Bee Strap-Clements, Cindy Swanson, Dara Bowser, Alex Monsour, Murray Charters, Robert Saunders, Brian Hughes, Beth Walsh, Derek Bond, Wayne Miller and Angie Esders. Hopefully, nobody was missed.
There is not another major Town Crier competition abroad for at least two years. Meanwhile, I will do my best to be as “audible & laudable” as possible at many local special events, city functions and charity fundraisers.
David V. McKee
Town Crier, Brantford