HEXHAM has plenty to shout about – literally.

The search is on to find a town crier to add to the tourist experience the town delivers. Steve Ball, a member of Hexham Town Council, is leading the project as part of a community engagement sub-committee of the council, and would like to hold X-Factor style auditions for the role.

He said: “Hexham is a great place to live and we put all these fantastic events on, and I think a town crier would be another attraction.

“Historically, there was a bell man in the town and he or she would be a great ambassador for Hexham.

“The town crier would be used for non-political purposes, but to promote events within Hexham and community groups.”