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15th June 2012, 12:44pm
Hollywood actor to judge UK’s best budding orators in Lincoln
Lecture theatre in the Business and Law Building Top young orators from schools across the nation are to battle it out in a public speaking competition in Lincoln on Friday (22 June) – and among the judges will be actor Colin McFarlane.

Hosted by the University of Lincoln and the English Speaking Union, the competition will see 18 Year 12 students (aged 16 and 17) gather in the city to demonstrate their verbal virtuosity. They will be travelling to Lincoln from as far afield as Dagenham for the day.

Teams of three (comprising a Chairperson, Speaker and Questioner) will seek to impress the audience by presenting on a wide range of topics which are kept secret until the actual competition day to make sure no team has an advantage over the others.

The judging panel will consist of actor Colin McFarlane, Mr Bill Ramsay from the English Speaking Union and Dr Jacqui Briggs from the University.

Aggi Gunstone, Schools and Colleges Liaison Manager said: “This exciting competition will continue the ESU's highly respected ethos of providing a forum for the promotion of effective spoken English.

“We are delighted to welcome such exceptional public speakers as Colin McFarlane, Bill Ramsay and Dr Jacqui Briggs onto the judging panel as they all have wide professional experience of the skills needed to be a successful orator, but in very different professions.”

The winning team will secure a tour of the Houses of Parliament and the House of Lords, alongside tea with MP Karl McCartney and the Chancellor of the University Lord Victor Adebowale.

For further information, please contact Aggi Gunstone, Schools and Colleges Liaison Manager T: 01522 837199 or E:

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