The Mayor takes it on the chin...twice!

There's no escape...picture courtesy of the Mayor
There's no escape...picture courtesy of the Mayor

Never let it be said that the Mayor of Todmorden shirks a challenge.

And with support on the offing for his chosen charities for the year, as well as raising some money for the MND charity, Coun Michael Gill went beyond the usual call of civic duty when he faced the Ice Bucket Challenge last Thursday night!

The Mayor was well and truly ice dunked in front of Todmorden Town Hall, but was allowed to remove his chain of office before being drenched to the skin.

Mayoress Mrs Nikki Gill together with Louise Carmichel wielded the bucket, and the Mayor braced himself knowing some money in the collection buckets would go to help his two charities for 2014-15, - these are the Independent Living Group andTodmorden’s Hippodrome Theatre.

But there was something of a surprise when Wayne Jones, of the Independent Living Group, nipped in quick with a second bucket of ice and water to drench him again!

Coun Gill said: “There was quite a crowd turned out to watch and a bucket collection on the spot raised over £100 for my Charities.

“Refreshments were supplied by Sandra Peach, co-ordinator for Independent Living and their ‘Nightlife’ Cafe - and were enjoyed by some of the crowd after my dunking!” he said.

Louise and Simon Toye had both nominated the Mayor to undertake the icy challenge, which has swept the world on social media.

The Mayor is hoping things will be a little warmer in the autumn when he has a series of fundraising shows coming up at the Hippodrome Theatre, Halifax Road - more details on page six.