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Superhero Phil keen to tackle scary roles

TOWN mayor Phil Woodall will be running scared in his last week as the leading citizen of Bognor Regis.


A quirk of the calendar has allowed Cllr Woodall to occupy the role for a 53rd week.


He is determined to make the most of the extra seven days with a packed programme of heart-stopping escapades.


They will also provide a final boost to his charity fundraising for his two chosen causes -Alzheimer’s Society and Epilepsy Action.


Cllr Woodall said: “I have got a bonus week because I should be heading over the chain of office on May 7 and it is a bank holiday.


“I wanted to do some good with that week and came up with a range of activities that would really test me for a scare the mayor programme to raise money for my charities.


“I don’t like heights and I don’t like going out on water – and I have included two events which involve just that.”


Cllr Woodall will launch his events on the bank holiday Monday of May 7 at 2pm. He is dressing up as a superhero and is calling for as many superheroes of all ages as possible to join him at the Place St Maur in Belmont Street for a fancy dress competition.


Prizes will be awarded in various age categories and then Cllr Woodall will lead the superheroes along the seafront to the inflatable slide near the pier for his first scary event. He hopes his fellow mayors from neighbouring town will be joining him.


The next day will see him aim even higher by being taken aloft in the hydraulic platform at Worthing Fire Station.


His aerial theme continues on Wednesday, May 9, when he will visit the 170m tall Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth with its glass floor.


The Thursday will find him become the first mayor to see Bognor Regis from a glider flight. A zip wire challenge will be next on Friday, May 11.


The pace keeps up in Cllr Woodall’s final weekend as the town mayor, with a speed boat trip from Bognor Regis Yacht Club on the Saturday and a Sunday session water walking on the seafront.


“I’ve absolutely loved being mayor,” said Cllr Woodall. “I’ve attended 150 events at the last count about a month ago and it’s been a really good time.”


He is set to be elected as the next deputy mayor at the town council’s annual meeting on May 14.

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