Blackpool’s town crier has received treatment for cancer.
Barry McQueen, 62, discovered a lump on the end of his nose two weeks ago and had the tumour removed immediately by doctors at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
Mr McQueen, of Lawson Road, near Stanley Park, said: “I’ve had a dreadful time.
“I went to see my doctor who sent me to a specialist and I was told I had cancer.
“He said it wasn’t malignant but they had to take it out so I went to hospital last Monday morning and had to have about 20 stitches in my nose.
“They got all of it out and I don’t have to go through chemotherapy.
“I’m very thankful for what’s happened and I’m going to be all right.”
This ordeal is the latest health scare for the 62-year-old after he suffered a stroke and heart attack in September last year and was forced to spend two weeks in hospital.
Mr McQueen was on a cruise when he was taken ill in Corfu. He was taken to hospital on the Greek island before being flown home to Blackpool and spent five days in Blackpool Victoria Hospital’s stroke unit.
Mr McQueen, a popular figure in the town, was unable to eat or dress himself following his stroke but quickly recovered to take on his many ceremonial duties in the resort.
And despite his latest ill health, Mr McQueen says he is determined to honour his commitments during the festive season.
He has already taken part in last week’s Lancashire Day celebrations in Blackpool, Thornton and Great Eccleston and helped to switch on Christmas lights on Devonshire Road alongside boxer Brian Rose.
He added: “I wouldn’t miss them for the world because I have a fabulous time.”