Great Harwood town crier Rawden Kerr has taken the 'Real Lancashire Cry' to Parliament to mark the county's day.

He made the rallying call at the Houses of Parliament on Monday's Lancashire Day after attending a special reception.

Mr Kerr and his wife Janet were invited to attend the occasion by House of Commons Speaker and Chorley MP Sir Lindsay Hoyle, a proud Lancastrian.

The reception at his residence gave MPs and community representatives to chance to celebrate the county and its history as well has hearing the Real Lancashire Cry pealed out at Westminster for the first time.

Championship-winning town crier Mr Kerr's visit and historic performance were arranged by Hyndburn Conservative MP Sara Britcliffe with Sir Lindsay.

Other constituents present included Antony Pilling, of the Grane Mill Restoration Project in Haslingden, and Damien Smith, from Smith’s Fruit and Veg at Accrington Market Hall.

Miss Britcliffe said: “It is always special to bring constituents to Westminster, but on this occasion it was extra-special.

"Hearing the Lancashire Cry ring through the walls of Parliament was a fantastic moment.”

A town crier, also called a bellman, is an officer of a royal court or public authority who makes public pronouncements as required.

The town crier was used to make public announcements in the streets.

Criers often dress elaborately, by a tradition dating to the 18th century, in a red and gold coat, white breeches, black boots and a tricorn hat.