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CRIER. An inferior officer of a court, whose duty it is to open and adjourn the court, when ordered by the judges; to make proclamations and obey the directions of the court in anything which concerns the administration of justice.

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They were tasked with talking about famous Huddersfield folk by Town Crier Vic Watson who organised and compered the event on Saturday.
His funeral was held at the Masonic Hall in Belleville and the room was filled with town criers in costume, all there to pay their respects to a true gentleman
Church, of Cowley, Oxford, who was town crier for Banbury, Oxford, Thame, Chipping Norton and Wallingford, apologised for his "grave error in judgment".
John, 69, from Alnwick in Northumberland, has won the Loyal Company of Town Criers British Championships in Banbury.
Adrian Holmes carries out the role voluntarily and has entered Town Crier competitions across the country since taking the post two years ago.
Appleton said a journalist from the Times wrote down what he had to say to be sure it went according to tradition as the royal crier.
The town has been without a crier since 1962, when WWI veteran James Blake died at 74 after 33 years of service.
Mr Maddern introduced the local mayor and spoke to local school children about the role and duties of a town crier.
BIG NEWS Town crier Peter Stemmer announces to the people of Sunderland that there is an unclaimed pounds 1m prize from the EuroMillions
This marks the eighth straight year that Crier has served as the coach for the Alberta girls team at the national tournament.
The start of the festivities was set underway by Shrewsbury town crier, or bellman, Martin Wood, who stands over 7ft 4inches tall and wears size 16 shoes.
Event organiser David Parkes said: "I feel proud to hold the office of Alcester Town Crier and, in doing so, play a part in keeping this unique and ancient custom alive.