In the world of big mouths she is world-class

❝Ap­par­ently you could hear my voice from one end of the Port of Echuca to the other, so peo­ple thought the role suited me❞

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IF YOU didn’t see Judy Camp­bell wan­der­ing around the Bush Mar­ket re­cently, you most likely would have heard her.

The Ton­gala lo­cal is the Cam­paspe Shire town crier and has been for more than 20 years.

And even though most res­i­dents wouldn’t recog­nise her, she has been rep­re­sent­ing the shire and achiev­ing out­stand­ing re­sults.

“It all started for me when I got dobbed into it a lit­tle bit,” she said.

“Ap­par­ently you could hear my voice from one end of the Port of Echuca to the other, so peo­ple thought the role suited me.

“We had a com­pe­ti­tion, and what do you know, I beat all the guys and be­came the town crier.”

Since Judy started the role, she has been able to travel all over the world for com­pe­ti­tions.

She spent time in the US, Bel­gium, New Zealand and UK be­fore per­haps her big­gest achieve­ment came in Canada.

“I was crowned run­nerup in the World Cham­pi­onships in 1997, which was in­cred­i­ble,” Judy said.

The World Cham­pi­onships, which were avail­able to ev­ery town crier in the world, were held an­nu­ally up un­til 2003.

Since then the champs are now called a World In­vi­ta­tional, where town cri­ers have to reach a cer­tain level be­fore they can com­pete.

Judy, who moved to Ton­gala from Mel­bourne in 1988, has re­ceived nu­mer­ous other ac­co­lades in­clud­ing Aus­tralian Cham­pion and peo­ple’s choice awards.

“A town crier in the old days was about news­pa­pers and ra­dio and things like that,” Judy said.

“Th­ese days it re­ally is an am­bas­sador for the town, sub­urb, state or coun­try you are from.

“We can be found at events, wed­dings, fu­ner­als, schools and any­thing in between.”

Judy said she has a real pas­sion for her role, and that fire is what keeps her go­ing.

“I love it to pieces, for me it has been a great way to see the world and meet plenty of dif­fer­ent peo­ple.

“I like to think we can per­son­alise peo­ple’s ex­pe­ri­ences when they come to a town or a shire.”

Judy said on Re­mem­brance Day, town cri­ers from across the world took part in ‘Cry for Peace’.

“It started with cri­ers in New Zealand per­form­ing a cry at 7.05pm, and then cri­ers all over the world per­formed it at the same time to recog­nise 100 years since the end of World War I.”

Judy and her small com­mit­tee of vol­un­teers are plan­ning some­thing big for the re­gion in 2019.

It’s very own World In­vi­ta­tional.

“We did one in 2005 too, and this one should be big­ger and bet­ter,” Judy said.

“Town cri­ers from all around the globe will com­pete against each other, it is a huge event.”

Judy said she is on the look­out for spon­sors of the event, who will re­ceive ex­ten­sive pub­lic­ity lead­ing up to and through­out the in­vi­ta­tional.

She also thanked the Kyabram Cham­ber of Com­merce for its sup­port in get­ting the idea up and run­ning.

If you are in­ter­ested in be­ing in­volved in the in­vi­ta­tional, you can con­tact Judy on 0419 253 658 or judy­town­[email protected]­

CRIER CHAR­AC­TERS — Judy Camp­bell, left, and fel­low town crier Lyn­ley McKerrow were on a pro­mo­tional drive when they dropped into Cam­paspe Shire last week. Pic­ture:Luke He­mer

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