FOLLOWING last year’s success, Otley’s Open Town Crier Competition returns later this month to the town.

The event takes place on Sunday, September 22, with town criers from across the country descending on Otley to be crowned the country’s loudest hailer.

The crying will begin at 11.30am, with each competitor doing two cries, one about their hometown and the other a ‘subject cry’, focused on World Car-Free Day, which is on the same day.

Otley’s town crier Terry Ford will welcome 16 criers from around the country, including defending champion Elizabeth Anderson-Watson from Barnoldswick.

Taking place in the marketplace, there are prizes for overall winner, runner up, best dressed town crier, best dressed consort and best ambassador.