Lord Mayor takes crown in Big Issue selling challenge

Lord Mayor Magid Magid battled it out with Reverend and the Makers frontman Jon McClure today, to see who could sell the most copies of the Big Issue North.

The pair took part in the competition outside of Sheffield Town Hall to mark International Vendor Week, and highlight some of the issues that vendors face. With an hour each, Jon managed to sell 16 copies, but was beaten by Magid, who sold 26.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Great hour spent selling <a href=”https://twitter.com/bigissuenorth?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@bigissuenorth</a> for Murph! I sold 26 copies in 1 hour beating <a href=”https://twitter.com/AndyBurnhamGM?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@AndyBurnhamGM</a> (7 copies), <a href=”https://twitter.com/MetroMayorSteve?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@MetroMayorSteve</a> (19 copies) and our very own <a href=”https://twitter.com/Reverend_Makers?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@Reverend_Makers</a> (16 copies) 👊🏾💚 <a href=”https://t.co/QnmxPo1gYa”>pic.twitter.com/QnmxPo1gYa</a></p>&mdash; 🚀MΛG!D (@MagicMagid) <a href=”https://twitter.com/MagicMagid/status/1093526635331104768?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>February 7, 2019</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Sheffield's own &quot; Heavy Weight Champion&quot; John McClure from <a href=”https://twitter.com/Reverend_Makers?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@Reverend_Makers</a> out in the city selling the Big Issue as part of <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/thebigsell?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#thebigsell</a> for <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/thebigissue?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#thebigissue</a> <a href=”https://t.co/0008CMyMBM”>pic.twitter.com/0008CMyMBM</a></p>&mdash; Sheffield Central &amp; North West NHP (@SheffCentNW_NHP) <a href=”https://twitter.com/SheffCentNW_NHP/status/1093501779625627648?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>February 7, 2019</a></blockquote>
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The Big Sell event, which has been running for five years, pairs a local icon up with a Big Issue North employee to boost their sales. All money made during the challenge goes directly to the vendor. In previous years, participants have included Maxine Peak, David Blunkett and George Galloway.

Volunteers also work alongside regular vendors during the event, further spreading the message that selling the Big Issue is harder than most people expect.

Fay Selvan, chief executive of Big Issue North, told The Star: “It’s great to see people from all sorts of fields give their time to support vendors, and experience the reality of selling on the streets in all weathers.”



Written by Sophie Harper

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