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Oyez, city has town crier for biennial.

A TOWN crier banned by her local authority for being too old-fashioned has been hired by Liverpool.

Margaret Pracy, 55, from Brighton, has been brought in to be official town crier for the 2002 Liverpool International Biennial, the UK's largest contemporary arts event.

She was made town crier for Brighton and Hove by the region's self-appointed Lord of the Manor, Chris Eubank.

But now her local councillors have turned their back on her.

She said: ``I was told I was not trendy enough for Brighton's image so now they just won't have anything to do with me.

``But I think it is very important for a city to have a town crier and I am astonished that Liverpool does not have one.''

Margaret is now determined to make sure that Liverpool does not miss out on the ancient civic role.

She said: ``It is so important that a city has a town crier, it is as important a method of communication as it has ever been.

``And as Brighton and Liverpool are both contenders for the Capital of Culture bid I thought it rather apt that Brighton's town crier should help Liverpool.''

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IN GOOD VOICE: Margaret Pracy from Brighton, who has been hired for the biennial arts festival
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Sep 23, 2002
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