The Faversham Eye was disappointed to learn Mayor Alison Reynolds had planned to attend a 'no holds barred', 'Strictly Celebrity Dinner' with telly gay-basher Ann Widdecombe.
The £42.50-a-head black tie charity evening was billed as 'A fantastic evening with Ann with a superb three course dinner, followed by Ann’s ‘Strictly’ stories, her memorable TV moments as one of Britain’s best-loved TV personalities, her views on current and political affairs, followed by a Question and Answer sessions with guests ‘no holds barred’!
Town Clerk Louise Bareham signed an £85 cheque in January to buy two tickets for Lib Dem mayor Alison and her husband Dennis. The couple later decided not to attend. Athough Alison has declined to say why.
“No payment was made for tickets, no cancellation was needed,” said Coun Reynolds. “The event to which mayors were invited to was the High Sheriff of Kent fundraiser for his charity, the deaf and hard of hearing.”
The Friday 28 February dinner was organised by Maidstone-based charity for the deaf, Hi-Kent. Ann Widdecombe is Hi-Kent's patron and is currently plugging a new book. The High Sheriff is the Queen's representative in the judicial system across the county. The post is currently held by Canterbury car dealer Paul Barrett.
Below: Faversham Town Council's document shows payment was authorised for the Mayor's charity dinner with Ann Widdecombe.