THE VOICE: Bob Townshend was ranked second loudest at the national town criers championships in Moree last month.
THE VOICE: Bob Townshend was ranked second loudest at the national town criers championships in Moree last month. Ewan Leighton

Oh, for crying out loud

ONE year ago Dalveen resident and Warwick and Southern Downs town crier, Bob Townshend was named Australia's third best town crier.

One year on and Mr Townshend has again finished third after a stellar performance at the 22nd Australian National Town Criers Championships in Moree last month.

"I came third in the senior section. It's pretty good actually," Mr Townshend said.

"When you compare my experience to the experience of the other people, I'm very pleased to have come third again."

In only his second national championships, Mr Townshend was obviously happy with his progress. He was ranked second loudest town crier at the event with his voice registering louder than a subway chain or lawnmower.

"I obviously shouted louder than last time because I came in second in the volume section with 90.6 decibels. The winner managed 90.8 decibels," he said.

"I just did a couple of slight things different. The regalia was a bit more sparkly and I had an extra cape put on - that looked pretty good. I changed the feathers on the cap slightly to look like quills sticking out."

But even with his comparative lack of experience, Mr Townshend said every little bit helped.

"The very fact that I'd been there before I had learnt a few extra tricks," he said.

"It was sufficient to keep me where I was.

"It's just good to represent the area."

Now the main focus will go to improving his style and go that one step better next time. The 23rd national championships will be held in Alice Springs in August and Mr Townshend said he had every intention of competing.

"I shall be working on improving but there is some very fierce competition," he said.

"The eventual winner, in Moree, has attended every championships and this was the first time he won.

"I'll just try and improve everywhere."

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