Fancy dress councillors raise money for Children in Need

Joseph Bulmer

A pirate, an Oompa Loompa and a princess have run a session of Torbay Council’s Cabinet.

But residents needn’t be concerned - the meeting was undertaken in fancy dress to raise money for Children in Need.

Councillor Cordelia Law, Cabinet member for children’s services, organised the event to make up for a lack of opportunities this year for councillors and staff to raise money for charity because of Covid.

“It’s just a way of trying to replace what we normally do in work,” said Cllr Law.

Council leader Steve Darling commandeered the meeting with a particularly striking pirate-meets-Brian May costume, his head festooned with a giant curly wig.

The leader complemented his standard gavel with a plastic sword.

It all made for rather surreal viewing as an assorted collection of fairy-tale characters discussed serious topics from temporary accommodation shortages to the new council tax support scheme.

Everyone who came in fancy dress was asked for a £5 donation, rising to £10 for councillors who couldn’t face dressing up.

Overall, it is the thought the night raised around £100 for the BBC’s annual fundraiser.