Liverpool chooses first town crier for 200 years
The first town crier in Liverpool for over 200 years has been selected after an X-Factor style shout-off outside the Town Hall.
Terry Stubbings , 65, from Kirkby, is ringing bells of victory after being chosen from three hopefuls who did their best to impress city council judges and Lord Mayor Frank Pendergast.
Lincolnshire born Terry said: “I’m over the moon to be Liverpool’s official Town Crier.
“I knew I was up against three really strong competitors, and we were all desperate for the title, so I’m delighted to come out on top.”
The former town crier for Lincoln impressed the panel of judges with his vocal abilities, self-penned tribute to the city and his knowledge of civic protocol.
Councillor Frank Prendergast said: “It was a really tough decision to make as each candidate was really exceptional and they were really enthusiastic about being an ambassador for this great city.
“Terry’s experience gave him the edge and I’m confident he will do an outstanding job representing the city and shouting about all the fantastic things this city has to offer.”
Liverpool’s bell-ringing cryer was a sergeant in the Parachute Regiment for 17 years and was appointed Lincoln town crier in 1994, a role he carried out for 14 years.
Terry took gold in the British Town Crier Championships in 2004 and he hopes that his winning-streak continues as he represents Liverpool for the first time tomorrow at the Huddersfield Town Crier competition.
“Liverpool really does have the wow-factor and has so much to offer. My wife Trish is originally from the city and she is so proud of my new role and can’t wait for me to get started.
“During my cry I wanted to try and fit in as much as possible and really sell the city – but in 60 seconds you can’t really do the city justice.”
A schedule of town crier engagements is set to be drawn up over forthcoming weeks. Terry will play a role in key civic and ceremonial functions, welcome international passengers at the Cruise Liner Terminal and be an ambassador during high profile events.