STAFFORD’S fake mayor will pound the pavements in the name of charity as he walks from Nottingham Castle to Stafford Castle next week.
Comedian James Billington caused a comedy stir online when he took to the social network site Twitter and began tweeting as the Mayor of Stafford.
The Nottingham-based spoof mayor took photographs of himself at various Stafford landmarks and challenged former mayor Angela Loughran to a ribbon-cutting contest.
Mr Billington even 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.
But now Mr Billington is putting his online notoriety to good use in raising cash for Stafford’s Katharine House Hospice.
On May 22 he will begin a 55-mile trek from Nottingham to Stafford – dressed as the Mayor in his chain.
He is due to arrive at Stafford Castle on Saturday, May 24 and is urging townsfolk to come out and join in with a family picnic and cheque presentation to Katharine House.
He has set up an online page for people to make donations and has so far pulled in £458.
On his page Mr Billington jokes: “You may recall there was controversy about who the real mayor of Stafford was. Thankfully, that is all water under the bridge. I am the mayor of Stafford.
“I will arrive on Saturday, May 24 at Stafford Castle. Come and join me. Food, drinks, badges, balloons.
People can donate at www.justgiving.com/themayorofstafford