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Anacortes Town Crier Richard Riddell this week is competing in the World Town Crier Tornament in Chester, England. He placed third on Wednesday and failed to place on Thursday.

“Well, a bit of a confusion today.... I was in the pub having a pot of tea, really, when I was called to the stage. I came running out without my coat and my vest unbuttoned, but gave a nice cry. It wasn't enough to take a place today,” Riddell posted on his Facebook page on Thursday.

Riddell earlier posted that he placed third on Wednesday and is taking home “a lovely silver plate.” He is one of 24 town criers from ten countries competing this year. The third round of competition is set for Saturday.

Each of the three rounds is a self-contained event in itself, with its own winners publicly announced to the spectators on the day. However at the end of the three rounds the scores will be combined to produce the overall placings and Tournament Champion.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,942 Confirmed Skagit Cases
400-409 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

318 Hospitalizations
67 Deaths
44,613 Fully Vaccinated
57,198 Initial Doses Given


379,100 Confirmed Cases Statewide
22,614 Hospitalizations

5,539 Deaths Statewide
2,419,434 Fully Vaccinated
3,368,279 Initial Doses Given

Updated 6 pm, May 5, 2021.

County Map: Confirmed COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Skagit County. Updated weekly.

Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times