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Mayor's Final Fundraising Party Announced

Tuesday March 20 2012

THE MAYOR of Barnsley is to host a farewell fundraising party on Friday 13th - and it will have a theme of superstition.

Mayor Karen Dyson is coming to the end of her one-year term and says she wants to go out with a bang. The event will feature local author Milly Johnson as speaker and will be held at the Holiday Inn.

All proceeds will go to her chosen charities - Multiple Sclerosis, Hearing Dogs for the Deaf and Arthritis Care.

She said: "With it being the last event, we're really going to have a good go at it. I've encountered some amazing people trough the Mayoral year and we really want to go out with a bang.

"Because it's Friday the 13th we decided to go all out on the theming, so there's going to be black cats and horse shoes. I'm not really a superstitious person although I won't cross on the stairs.

"All the proceeds will go to local charities that I selected as I'd had friends or colleagues that have help from them at some point."

Special guest performances will be given by local pianist Phil Clumbine - a student at UCB - and singer and Britain's Got Talent auditionee Harvey Finlay, 9, from Wombwell.

She added: "I saw Harvey perform at Worsbrough Common Club and the people of Barnsley have really got behind him.

"I promised him then that I would have him do something before I ended the Mayoral year. He's got a really excellent voice and I can't wait to see how he is with the piano."

Tickets for the event - which includes dinner - are £25 each from the Mayor’s Office 01226 773804.

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Reply Posted by ReeF on Tuesday March 20 2012 at 15:36
My own superstition is that if ever while flicking through the tv channels I come across a Die Hard movie (any of them), be it at the start, half way through or nearly at the end, I have to watch it no matter what. I made it up for my kids as a joke about 20 years ago, they also follow the rule even now.

Reply Posted by Egg106 on Tuesday March 20 2012 at 18:21
they talk about cutting servives but yet they can have huge partys save the money and stop the cut backs but the money to gd use like the mayor has a bmw y cnt she just av a normal carlikeafocus withblacked out windows tht would save us a few quid

Reply Posted by NickyWAB on Thursday March 22 2012 at 10:35
Hi Egg - just to clarify, none of this is paid for out of council budget. It is something the Mayor has organised herself to raise money. Hope that helps!

Reply Posted by Anon on Friday April 6 2012 at 10:48
Just so you know, the picture you use is not actually of Cllr Karen Dyson, not sure who she is but it's not our Mayor :)

Reply Posted by Clees on Saturday April 14 2012 at 10:09
The lady in the picture is Milly Johnson a local writter who was the after dinner speaker. Not our lady mayor