HUDDERSFIELD’S Town Crier Vic Watson turned up in full regalia at last night’s council meeting to plead for cash – but his words fell on deaf ears.
The council rejected his request for help to stage the British Town Crier Championships in the town next September.
Mr Watson, from Dalton, described the competition as “the biggest in the town crier calendar.”
He said that £750 had already been raised to help pay for the accommodation expenses and an evening meal for 25 town criers from all around the country, but more money was needed to meet the bill.
He added: “It is the first time the event has been staged in Yorkshire and it is a real honour.”
In rejecting his appeal, Clr Jean Calvert said that the council appreciated Mr Watson’s work and admired his passion, but it was simply a question of finance.
She said: “One of the areas where we will be making savings is events, we have had to make some tough choices. I hope you can find all the support you need from local businesses.”
The Mayor of Kirklees, Clr David Ridgway added: “I regret it looks like your appeal is falling on deaf ears.”