Not many Canadian cities have a Town Crier, but Sidney, British Columbia, does. Kenny Podmore was appointed to the post by the city council. He has various sets of regalia; in the photo at the left, he is seen wearing his town's official colours. Sidney has a long history with Town Criers. In 1997 and 1999 it hosted World Town Crier Championship Tournaments. The 2006 World Town Crier Invitational Competition was also held in Sidney, attracting ambitious criers from England, Australia, Belgium, Canada and the United States. The celebration drew 26 participants and went on for seven days.