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Stafford's fake mayor prepares for charity walk from Nottingham to Stafford

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: May 13, 2014

Stafford's fake mayor prepares for charity walk from Nottingham to Stafford

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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.

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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

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