Coming out of the butchers and going to the Post office this morning, I became aware of a strange sound in the town.
It was a sort of metalic clanking sound.
I walked further along to the greengrocers and the sound became louder. It was like the sound of the clanging of a herd of cows with cowbells on them.
People were standing and looking up the road, trying to identify what the sound was. It appeared to be getting closer. Then we could see a group of people walking down the centre of the road, all dressed in colourful costumes and ringing large bells as they came.
It turned out that there was a Town Crier competition in the centre of the High Street, and town criers from across the country had come to take part in it.
Very colourful they all looked in their outfits on the sunny morning.