What is a ‘CRY’ ?

Town criers make public announcements – each announcement is called a CRY or PROCLAMATION

Each CRY starts with the words “Oyez, Oyez, Oyez!”
The word “Oyez” means “hear ye,” which is a call for silence and attention.

Each CRY ends with the words ‘God save the Queen’.

A CRY must have a minimum of 100 and maximum of 125 words.

The contents of the CRY will vary depending on the type of information to be delivered. The town crier will usually prepare the wording of their CRIES, to deliver the message as requested while displaying their personality, sense of humour and local knowledge.

This would be the only way that important messages could be spread to as many people as possible, before anyone had invented internet, radio, television, telephone , telegram, fax, etc etc