A PRIZE-winning town crier has another award to shout about.

Owen Collier, who serves Royal Wootton Bassett, was judged the best dressed town crier at the Newton Abbott Town Criers’ Championship on Saturday.

He was presented with a cup for his achievement by the Mayor of Newton Abbot, councillor Ann Fry.

“I was delighted to win and it was a surprise,” he said.

Owen was wearing an ornate black embroidery Anglaise outfit with a black hat for the competition, and was chosen from about 15 competitors.

Owen, who won the county championship in June, was also competing at Widdecombe Fair in Devon yesterday.

He will be hosting the Royal Wootton Bassett Town Criers’ Competition in the town’s High Street on Saturday, September 22.

“I like to be an active town crier in my town here,” he said.

“I am very proud of the town and its people – they should hold their heads up high and be proud of themselves. It is a great community.”

The competition in Royal Wootton Bassett will start with a parade of town criers at 10.30am, from Boroughfields Square to The Town Hall in High Street.