Disgruntled motorists have been reporting potholes to Huddersfield's Town Crier Vic Watson.

Vic, whose job is to make announcements in the town centre, posted in a Facebook group called Kirklees Roads Pothole Watch saying people had been complaining to him about the state of the roads.

He said: "Many people think l am paid by the council - this is not true.

"Kirklees Council don't have anything to do with me, but people still come up to me and complain about a variety of things, one of which are the state of the roads.

"I wrote to the chief executive of the council only last week and I received a two sentence email in reply saying they had passed the letter on to the appropriate department.

"It didn't do much good - Leeds Road is a mess, as are most of the roads."

Town crier factfile

  • The elaborate dress is an 18th century tradition
  • All cries begin with 'oyez, oyez, oyez' and end with 'God save the Queen'
  • Their original function was to deliver news to people who were illiterate
  • In Medieval England town criers administered floggings
  • There are town criers all over the world - traditional Indian criers would beat a drum to call public attention