Mayor raises £2,000 on first day in office

Mayor Cllr Andrew Backhouse as Tom Jones singing 'Sex Bomb'.
Mayor Cllr Andrew Backhouse as Tom Jones singing 'Sex Bomb'.

Scarborough’s new mayor raised thousands for charity on his first day on the job and then boosted funds by impersonating legendary crooner Sir Tom Jones.

Cllr Andrew Backhouse and his wife Sue, the town’s new Mayoress, raised £2,000 for St Catherine’s Hospice at the annual Mayor making ceremony.

The event kicked off a year of fundraising, which will see money raised for a wide range of charities through the Mayoress’ Community Fund and other worthy causes.

The Mayor and Mayoress presented a cheque to Lucy Fettes for £2,000 during the third St Catherine’s Hospice Stars in Their Eyes event, at Scarborough Rugby Club.

Cllr Backhouse also took part in the event, making a surprise appearance as Sir Tom Jones, singing the 1999 hit ‘Sex Bomb’.

The event was a hailed a huge success, with entertainment from stars including Leo Sayer, Simon and Garfunkel, Robbie Williams, Josh Grogan, Karen Carpenter, PJ and Duncan and Lady Gaga.

The winner was Mark Gay as Josh Grogan.

Miss Fettes, who organised the event, said: “A big thank you to Scarborough Rugby Club for donating a fabulous venue, host Jezz Pratt as Matthew Kelly, Pete Sawyers and Robert Arnall for all their hard work behind the scenes, all the fantastic acts, and finally all those who helped out on the night.”

The hospice raised £1,400 during the evening, which is being added to the amount raised by the Mayor and Mayoress, making a grand total of £3,400.

Cllr Backhouse said: “Sue and I would like to say a special thank you to all the guests that made generous contributions during the Mayor making event last week.

“We are delighted with the amount we raised for St Catherine’s Hospice, a charity that has a very special place in the hearts of many residents across the borough.”