"Palmerston North town crier Caroline Robinson has this morning been in Cuba Mall using her considerable vocal power to urge Wellington, very loudly: ''The capital city of New Zealand needs its own town crier.'' But it is not just Wellington that needs one. Town criers in Kapiti and Petone, she says, would not go amiss.
Asked why Wellington would need a town crier she replied simply.
Lovely to see a couple of articles in the Palmerston North newspapers this week reporting and commenting on Caroline's forthcoming trip to Kingston, Ontario, Canada where she will represents the City at the International Town Criers' Championships on 1-5 August. You can read this Press Here:
10 July - The Tribune Town crier off to world champs BELLE OF THE BELL: Palmerston North's town crier, Caroline Robinson is about to represent the city on an international stage when she competes at the World Invitational Town Crier Championship in Kingston, Ontario.
Palmerston North Town Crier, Caroline Robinson has packed her PJ’s, toothbrush, bell, robes, scroll and throat lozenges and is ready to take on all comers competing in the Invitational International Town Crier Tournament, being held in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, early next month.
“I have had to do a considerable amount of research about Kingston, its history and personalities, to compose the cries for the competition,” says Caroline.
She has had to compose 3 cries. The 1st is a home town cry for Palmerston North; the 2nd an historical cry about Sir John A. Macdonald the first Prime Minister of Canada; and the 3rd one is about “Why Kingston is not the Capital City of Canada?” All must be no shorter than 120 words and no longer than 125 words!
Caroline is really excited about this trip and says, “Kingston encapsulates everything I hold dear that we have in New Zealand, but it’s all in one place.... From the large markets found in Auckland, the limestone architecture of Oamaru, the boating and fishing of any of our lakes and surrounding seas and of course the live theatre we are so blessed to have right here in Palmy - Kingston has it all - only bigger!”
Caroline will keep us all updated until she leaves on the 24th of July. She has her eye on bringing home the Media Prize so if you want to help her achieve this you can make a comment below and leave a message of good wishes for the Town Crier Tournament, ensuring you mention Kingston Ontario Canada.
Next time she will tell us of the way these competitions are judged. Now that’s an eye opener!