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March 9, 2021

Tweed mayor and deputy pull out the axes

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Taking to the stage: Tweed mayor Barry Longland (longhair) and deputy Michael Armstrong (skinhead) entertain the crowd at last weekend's Relay for Life event.
Taking to the stage: Tweed mayor Barry Longland (longhair) and deputy Michael Armstrong (skinhead) entertain the crowd at last weekend’s Relay for Life event.

Tweed Cr Michael Armstrong really cut loose at last week’s Cancer Council Relay for Life in Kingscliff, shaving his head to celebrate a fundraising milestone, then taking to the stage with guitar in hand.

The deputy mayor honoured a pledge to shave his head if Tweed Shire Council teams at the relay raised more than $1500.

Mayor Barry Longland witnessed the shaving of his fellow councillor’s head, then joined him on stage with his guitar to help entertain everyone who had gathered at Cudgen Leagues Club for this year’s Tweed Relay for Life.

Prepped by a brief rehearsal a few nights earlier, the mayor and deputy mayor performed a couple of songs during the evening.

Cr Armstrong said Relay for Life was a wonderful annual initiative and he was just happy to lend his support, while celebrating the success of the Council teams and the overall event.

Two Tweed Council teams participated in last weekend’s relay and went on to raise more than $2900 for cancer research.

They were among a total of more than 30 teams in the Tweed event, walking around the Cudgen track from 3pm on Saturday until 7.30am on Sunday, and participating in a variety of activities at the venue throughout the two days.

The overall Tweed event has raised a total of around $79,000 so far, with the figure expected to reach $90,000.

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