Liverpool appoints Terry Stubbings as town crier
Liverpool has appointed the city's first official town crier for over 200 years, following auditions outside Liverpool Town Hall.
Terry Stubbings, 65, a former town crier for Lincoln, was chosen ahead of three other hopefuls.
He will now represent Liverpool at the Huddersfield Town Crier competition.
Mr Stubbings will take part in civic and ceremonial events and welcome passengers arriving at Liverpool's Cruise Liner Terminal.'Over the moon'
As part of the competition he wrote an ode to Liverpool which he performed in front of a panel of judges.
Ode to Liverpool by Terry Stubbings
Oyez, oyez, oyez,
Welcome all to Liverpool, the city with a heart,
We have so much to offer, I don't know where to start,
Maybe you like cathedrals, in that case we have two,
For football fans, we've two great teams, one red, the other blue,
We've fine historic buildings, set in many places,
You should start off by the Pier Head, and visit the Three Graces,
If shopping is your forte, you can't beat Liverpool One,
Then stay on for our nightlife, you're sure to have some fun,
This city's full of humour, with talent through and through,
So sing along with Liverpool, and say you love me do,
God save the Queen.
Mr Stubbings was a sergeant in the Parachute Regiment for 17 years and town crier for Lincoln for 14 years.
He now lives in Kirkby, Merseyside.
He 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.
"Liverpool really does have the wow-factor and has so much to offer.
"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."
Liverpool's Lord Mayor, Councillor Frank Prendergast, who was part of the judging panel 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.
"All the interviewees did fantastic cries outside the Town Hall and attracted a lot of attention and crowds which is exactly what we want our new recruit to do.
"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."