Crier contests Aussie champs

For crying out loud: Alan Moyse and his partner Wendy Dickson (far left) at the Annual Championships of the Ancient and Honourable Guild of Australian Town Criers.
For crying out loud: Alan Moyse and his partner Wendy Dickson (far left) at the Annual Championships of the Ancient and Honourable Guild of Australian Town Criers.

Jokingly dubbed the most photographed man in the Bega Valley, Alan Moyse now has one more reason to smile. 

Mr Moyse is the official Bega Valley Shire town crier and he recently represented the Bega Valley at the Annual Championships of the Ancient and Honourable Guild of Australian Town Criers in West Wyalong earlier this month. 

Competing against the 14 best town criers in Australia, and one from New Zealand, Mr Moyse used his incredible talent for yelling to land a couple of podium finishes. 

Mr Moyse took out awards for second place in the overall senior section, for criers aged over 65, and placed third for the Home Cry which is a cry aimed specifically at adverstising the Bega Valley.

“This was the first time that I have represented Bega Valley in competition with this Guild and I am very pleased with coming in sixth place overall,” Mr Moyse said. 

“Marketing the Bega Valley Shire is what being the town crier is all about, so I am particulatly happy with that result.”

Mr Moyse is well-known in Eden for being the official welcomer of vistors as they disembark cruise ships. 

He said he has welcomed every cruise ship for the past two cruise seasons and spend as much time posing for photos as he does crying. 

Mr Moyse does not get paid for being the official town crier and simply does it for the love of the job. He said if people are in need of a crier for an event that he would always be happy to help. 

“Anything community based or not for profit I will get there for free (you may just have to pay me in coke zero to keep the vocal cords going),” he said. 

To book Alan Moyse in for a crying job simply email alanmoyse@grapevine.net.au.