No trophies to show,but Roy?s not crying


HEAR ye, hear ye ? it has checks, purple bits and a feather.

It is Clarence Valley town crier Roy Bowling's new outfit, which made its first outing last week at the World Town Crying Championships in Maryborough.

Made by Mr Bowling's wife and daughter, the costume represents the whole Valley and is based on clothing worn in the area between 1820 and 1850.

"The tartan was donated from Maclean and the hat was made by Peter Jago, Australia's leading milliner, whose mother lives in Tucabia," Mr Bowling said.

"I got the boots from the saddlery in South Grafton ... so there are all parts of the Valley."

The outfit also includes an 1888 sovereign, which belonged to Mr Bowling's grandfather, and the obligatory bell.

Although Mr Bowling's outfit is striking, he said it was nowhere near as elaborate as some of the costumes belonging to other town criers.

"Some of the other costumes there were worth $3000," he said.

"The French-Canadian Indian crier had 27 outfits with him for the week and they were magnificent."

There were criers from eight different countries at the World Crying event, including the United Kingdom, Belgium, New Zealand, Netherlands and Poland.

Although Mr Bowling did not come home to the Clarence with a placing, he said it was one of the best events he had been to.

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