Stroke ordeal for town crier

Blackpool Town Cryer Barry McQueen
Blackpool Town Cryer Barry McQueen
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BLACKPOOL’S town crier is recovering in hospital after suffering a stroke and heart attack on holiday.

Barry McQueen was taking a well-earned break from his numerous ceremonial duties when he was taken ill during a cruise in Corfu.

He was taken to hospital on the Greek island and was treated for two weeks before being flown back to Blackpool Victoria Hospital on Friday.

But the popular cryer’s troubles did not stop upon leaving Corfu, as he was forced to endure a 14-hour trip back to the resort, which involved three flights.

However, after arriving in Manchester he was taken by ambulance to the stroke unit at The Vic and the 61-year-old is expected to be discharged later today.

Mr McQueen told The Gazette: “I felt very tired on holiday and even after going to bed early I still felt the same the next morning.

“I didn’t get any better over the next few days and was taken into hospital.

“I knew there was something wrong with me but didn’t know what was going on. I’m glad I got help when I did.

“I’m getting better now but at the time it was very scary.”

Mr McQueen’s speech was affected by the stroke and he has spent five nights in hospital since returning to the Fylde coast.

Once he is discharged he will be given a walking frame to help with his recovery and will have to attend regular rehabilitation sessions.

He added: “People say a lot of bad things about health care in this country, but there’s nothing like the care I’ve received here.

“Everyone’s been lovely during my stay and the girls have been all over me!”