THIS town ain’t big enough for the both of us, a joker pretending to be the Mayor of Stafford has been told and is under threat of being sent to the tower – by the real borough mayor.
Mayor of Stafford Borough, Councillor Angela Loughran, is issuing a challenge to her spoof counterpart for a showdown at Stafford Castle.
And it will be no laughing matter for the imposter, Nottingham-based comedian James Billington, who she says could find himself in the stocks for his “unmayoral-like” behaviour.
Mr Billington hit the national headlines after he appeared to have fooled Alton Towers and Shrewsbury Town Council with his Twitter comments posing as Stafford’s mayor.
His ungracious remarks about the Mayor of Shrewsbury brought a strong rebuke from Councillor Loughran, who said he should not be disparaging another mayor.
But now she is prepared to give the prankster a mayoral pardon if he plucks up the courage to meet face to face. Mr Billington will also be offered a slot at the successful Saturday comedy night in the MET studio at the Gatehouse Theatre.
Councillor Loughran said: “Mr Billington has been getting quite a bit of publicity at my expense and has fooled a number of people along the way. This cannot be tolerated and I think he needs to be taken to the castle!
“With the 400th anniversary of Stafford having a mayor this year I am sure there are plenty of people who would like the role.
“But the town is big enough for only one Mayor, and that is me – although I am prepared to pardon this poor imitation with his cheap-looking chain.”
Mr Billington can contact the borough council via Twitter or arrange the meeting by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, call 01785 619230 or 0771 7797500.