Shaftesbury raises money for Comic Relief with mayor’s day of silly entertainment for Red Nose Day
MAYOR of Shaftesbury Simon Pritchard will be leading a day of silliness for Comic Relief today.
He hopes people will give generously at his Shaftesbury Town Council is Having a Laugh event that gets under way at the Town Hall this morning, Friday, at 10am.
He has organised eight hours of nonsense with people each taking a microphone for a half hour slot on the Town Hall balcony to entertain passers-by below.
Councillor Pritchard said: “There will be people doing silly poems, silly extracts from silly books, silly songs and silly jokes right through until 6pm.
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“I hope the weather is dry because I want as many people as possible to come along throughout the day, listen to what’s going on and give generously to the collectors who will have collecting buckets.”
The mayor is among those providing the entertainment when he does a children’s rhymes double act slot with town clerk Nicola Merefield.
Others having a silly half hour include Shaftesbury businessman James Thrift who will be reading extracts from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, written by his brother the late Douglas Adams.
And antiques expert Rebecca Leaning will hold an auction at 5pm.
The Mayor of Blandford Sara Loch will be on the balcony at 11.30am and sixth formers from the Shaftesbury School will take a lunchtime slot.
Town crier Cliff Skee and his son Sam are providing silly music as are musical duo Tatty Bogle.
The mayor added: “I hope employers will let their staff out for a while during the day so that they can enjoy the silliness and support the performers - and put cash in the bucket.”
Mr Pritchard is no stranger to doing silly things for Comic Relief. Two years ago he dressed as a milkmaid for the day and raised more than £300.
BV Dairy has sponsored a publicity banner for the event complete with an image of King Alfred having a laugh.
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