Mayor Bear owners who have taken their bear on holiday are being encouraged to send in their photos.
For the past year the Mayor and Mayoress of Bolton, Councillor Norman Critchley, and his wife Delyse, have been running a competition to try and find a winner – the owner who has travelled the furthest with their bear.
The Mayor Bear was introduced as the Mayor’s mascot and as a fun idea to fundraise. Proceeds go to the Mayor’s chosen charities of The Manchester Heart Centre and the Bolton Thoracic Medicine Unit, Diabetes UK North West and the Bolton Destitute Animal Shelter.
Owners have until Wednesday 28 April to post their pictures. All those who have entered the competition will be invited to the Mayor’s parlour at the end of April, where the winner will be announced and presented with crystal glasses and champagne.
The Mayor said: “The idea to have charity Mayor Bears was something a bit different and the Mayoress is a big fan of bears. The Mayoress and I are looking forward to seeing all the photos, we’ve already received some from as far as China and Canada.”
“Residents still have time to raise money for good causes and buy a bear, but they’ll have to be quick as my term of office comes to an end soon.”
Pictures should be sent to The Mayor’s Office, Second Floor, The Town Hall, Bolton, BL1 1RU. Mayor Bears cost £8.50 and are available from the Mayor’s office on 01204 331057.