Some of the world's finest criers are in the North West to compete in the Chester World Town Crier Tournament. 24 criers from 10 nations will compete to make the best proclamations and come from as far afield as Germany, Australia and Canada, home of the current world champion.
Town criers or the Bellmen, as they're sometimes called, date back to at least the 1500's. They were often the chief means of news communication with townspeople as many were unable to read.
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Simon Ackroyd from Cheshire has put down his scissors to pick up the dumbbells as he prepares for the Mr Universe competition in Southport.
Our own muscle man Paul Crone met him, and you can watch his report below.
A hairdresser from Cheshire is setting his sights on the Mr Universe competition in Southport.
Simon Ackroyd, who's 45, has been a hairdresser for 30 years, and has been bodybuilding for for 18 years.
The hairdresser has a 58in chest, 21in biceps and 29in thighs. To maintain his physique, he must eat around 4,000 calories a day, as he told Paul Crone.
Poynton hairdresser and bodybuilder Simon Ackroyd is getting in shape for this year's Mr Universe competition in Southport.
The streets of Chester are set to echo with the sound of town criers this lunchtime. Some of the world's finest will descend on the city to compete in the World Town Crier Tournament.
Spectators gathered in Castletown's harbour over the weekend to watch competitors paddle for glory in their individually decorated tin baths.
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Blackpool will be the location for an attempt at the world's biggest beachball. The inflatable will be a replica of a normal beach ball except it'll have a diameter of 18 metres! And once inflated it'll be the same height as the White House in the U.S.A.
Some more stats for you: It'll take a team of 9 people an hour and a half to inflate. If filled with cold water it would hold over 3.5 million pints. And if dropped from Blackpool tower it would bounce over the town's Central Pier.