An axed town crying contest is to be revived.

Huddersfield’s championships will take place on September 24 from 11am at Nelson Mandela Corner behind the library, thanks to the help of a local business.

Town crier Vic Watson had decided to call a day on the event after the 15th competition last year, due to difficulties in finding funding to put them on.

The reinstated event will bring together 11 town criers from around the north, who will have to make two cries to be in with a chance of winning.

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“I had said that was it after 2015 because it was getting harder to find the money and I had to put in some myself,” said Vic.

“But then Linda’s Transport in Milnsbridge said they would give me £50 to put it on again.

“I’ve found some more and I’m going to hold a garage sale at the weekend to try get some more.

“Another contact has said they may help sponsor me if I need it too.

“Some of the money is needed to provide lunch for the contestants.

“At the end of the day, it is a great event and we’ll have criers coming from places like Birmingham, Skegness and Lancashire.”

Vic explained what would happen on the day.

“We will have two rounds,” he said.

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“In the first, criers will sing their home cry.

“I get to choose the subject of the second after lunch and have two options.

“One is famous people of Huddersfield and the other, more controversial one, is Huddersfield’s pot holes.

“I know the council won’t like it but they haven’t helped me put on the events and the pot holes are disgusting.”

The afternoon cries will take place at around 2pm.