ONE of Durham's most famous faces is to recount his four decades in public life at a lecture in the city next month.

Colin Beswick, who was recently awarded an MBE for his services to the community, will speak about his 40 years as a city councillor on Saturday, March 5.

Now best known as Durham's Town Crier, the 76-year-old former headteacher of Witton Gilbert Primary School was first elected to Durham City Council in July 1962.

Over the years, the Liberal Democrat member for Nevilles Cross ward served as mayor and chairman of the authority's planning committee, before he eventually retired in 2002.

Mr Beswick will speak at the City of Durham Trust lecture in Alington House, North Bailey, at 2.15pm.