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Easton town crier headed back to international competition

EASTON, Pa. - He's been spreading the news around Easton just like it was done back in the 1700's. Now a local town crier is working on his skills to showcase on the international stage once again.

When David Rose speaks, people listen.

It's been that way since 2012, when Rose was appointed the town crier for the city of Easton.

"You don't do this unless you really enjoy doing it, “said Rose. “So the idea of being tough is really not something that I thought about. It's more like I do it for the fun of it."

In 2013, just a year after joining the American Town Criers Guild, Rose competed in the international town criers competition in Kingston, Ontario but admits the first time was a learning experience.

"You're judged on your volume and your ability to project too. This is not something you just pick up and do automatically. You do have to kind of practice on it."

Practice, and a lot of experience learned by making public announcements, and delivering the news of what's new in Easton.

You've probably seen him at BaconFest, announcing the opening of the public market, and even announcing the open of the new city hall.

"A way of making public proclamations a little more interesting that they would be otherwise," added Rose.

Rose is taking everything he has learned back to the international competition in April. This time in St. Georges, Bermuda.

He will be escorted by his wife. There will be two topics, and each participant is required to write a 125 word proclamation.

"I also enjoy shouting real loud,” said Rose. “I think I have a good voice and this is a chance to show that off too."

Once David Rose returns home, look for news about a town crier competition in Easton, or better yet listen for David to tell you about it.

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