Buss proves there certainly is joy in crying

Ben Buss  - Peter W. Rusland/file
Ben Buss
— image credit: Peter W. Rusland/file

Duncan town crier Ben Buss talked, bugled and bluffed his way to a 13th-place finish out of 34 criers during the summer’s World Town Crier Championships in Kingston, Ontario.

Buss was decked in a dapper period uniform modeled after Britain’s storied Middlesex Regiment. It includes a red coat, authentic satchel, and much more. He’s even got some square-toe boots now.

His world cries included a hometown cry boasting about Duncan’s totems, plus the Kinsol Trestle, various local bays, museums and more.

He also cried about Sir John A. Macdonald, and the RCMP’s red-serge uniform. His fourth was a comical call employing a brass bugle from which a rat emerged.

Buss received $800 from city council toward his costs to the worlds. They were won by Richard Riddell of Anacortes, Washington.

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