Bishop's Stortford town crier wins at Ely's Eel Festival
Bishop’s Stortford’s town crier Carole Williams has triumphed in a prestigious competition in Ely, Cambridgeshire.
She beat 11 other criers at the city’s Eel Festival with her shouted advert for Bishop’s Stortford and its characters.
Carole said: “I was very pleased to be announced the winner of this very prestigious competition. It has helped Ely become such an important tourist destination in East Anglia and popular item on the calendar. The annual Eel Festival draws people from far and wide that listen whilst I extoll the virtues of our town and its long and varied history. I hope they’ll feel the urge to pay us a visit as well.”
Carole received her champion’s trophy from the Right Worshipful Mayor of Ely, Cllr Robert Rowse.
As well as the town crier competition, Ely Eel Day held on the Saturday of the May Bank holiday weekend includes a parade, eel throwing competition (with toy eels) and a tradition where couples marrying that weekend are named 'the King and Queen of Eels' and the fish are said to confer domestic bliss.