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"Hear Ye, hear ye" - town criers do battle in Chester

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.

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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.


Poynton hairdresser setting sights on Mr Universe

Simon at work Credit: ITV Granada

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.

Simon compares biceps with Paul Crone... Credit: ITV Granada
But there's no competition! Credit: ITV Granada

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.


World record attempt with a difference

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.

Once inflated the huge ball will be rolled down Blackpool beach Credit: Brazen

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.

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