A COUPLE of councillors have been locked up.
Jill Fletcher, councillor for Washington North, and Dianne Snowdon, councillor for Washington Central, spent the night in the town’s police station cells to raise money for charity.
Coun Fletcher and Coun John Kelly, who represents Washington North, put their heads together to come up with a new way to raise money for the Mayor’s charities and agreed that a night in the cells could be just the thing.
Jill said: “We asked the staff at the station and they said that would be fine,” she said.
Coun Fletcher and Snowdon were locked up for 12 hours.
Looking after Washington’s two newest inmates was Concord beat manager Emma Maguire, who came down in her free time to keep an eye on them.
Jill said: “They kept us in for 12 hours, but it could have been more. We were at their mercy.”
Although she faced a long night behind bars Jill was confident she could handle it.“I wasn’t too worried,” she said. “I took it in my stride. You have to when it’s in aid of charity.”
But her cell mate had a harder time.
Jill said: “Councillor Snowdon was told by me that she was doing it so she had to agree really. She told me she is claustrophobic so it was a bit more of a challenge for her. But it was a new experience and something different.”
The charities they are supporting are Brothers in Arms, which raises money for injured servicemen and women, Mind, the mental health charity and the SAFC Foundation, the football club’s charity which helps families and children across the North East.
Jill added: “We are still collecting the money in we have raised and we don’t know how much the Mayor has raised as well but every penny counts.”