THE recently retired Mayor of Pendle - Coun. Tony Beckett - has been now become a champion town crier.
At the weekend, he attended a competition in Blackpool, battling against criers from across the country - as far north as Darlington and as far south as Oxford.
And he was named senior crier in the Blackpool Town Centre Forum event.
Coun. Beckett is the offical Nelson Town Crier and has carried out many roles, including announcements on Lancashire Day in the town.
And he had a great time at Blackpool - despite the weather! He said: “It was absolutely pouring down all day but it still went very well. We got quite a reasonable audience despite the rain.”
His first test was to give information about Nelson in between 75 and 125 words. Then he had to tell people about Blackpool Tower. And, of course, it had to be pretty loud.
Coun. Beckett, who lives in Barrowford, has been invited to another competition at Banbury in Oxfordshire in September. He has also been asked to take part in the British Championships in Darlington on August 20th, but he can’t go because it is the day when Nelson’s new-look town centre complete with car access is being launched, and he feels that, as Nelson Town Crier, his home fixture must come first.
He is delighted to have done well at Blackpool. He said: “It was quite good, and I never expected to win. It was a real surprise when I did!”