Town criers showcase talents across Echuca-Moama

By Ivy Jensen

THE pomp and ceremony of the World Invitational Town Crier Tournament and Australian Championships were only out shone by the big vocal talents of town criers from around the world, including our very own Judy Campbell.

The tournament has been taking place in Echuca-Moama over the past week, with one of the highlights held on Sunday at the historic River Captains Cottage and Old Telegraph Station in Moama.

The morning began with an authentic and moving Welcome to Country smoking ceremony, followed by traditional dancers accompanied by a didgeridoo.

The national anthems of the competing nations were performed by River Voices and Bella A'Capella choirs, while the O'Shea-Ryan Irish Dance Academy dancers were the flag bearers.

Town criers travelled from England, the US, Canada, New Zealand and around Australia to showcase their talents.

Judy, who is Campaspe Shire and Murray River Council's town crier, said the historic regalia worn by the criers showcased the effort they and their attendants put into their craft.

“It reminds us of days gone by when the town crier would deliver the local community the news and events of the day,” she said.

The Friends of Old Moama community group spent many weeks supporting Judy in making the tournament a success.

They thanked Moama Aboriginal Land Council, Echuca-Moama Family History Group, Murray River and Campaspe councils, local lace makers, historic car club, coffee van, spinners and Apex Club barbecue for their help giving residents and visitors much to experience and enjoy on the day.

Your next chance to see the town criers in action will be tomorrow, October 19, outside Beechworth Bakery from 11am and Sunday for the final competition cries at Moama Market at Kerrabee Sound Shell from 10.30am and World Invitational Town Crier Tournament awards dinner at Rich River Golf Club on Sunday night.

Tickets are available from reception for $40 per person and bookings are essential.

Inquiries to 5481 3333.