A MOTORIST had a shock after being involved in a car accident with a councillor – who was dressed as children’s television puppet Andy Pandy.
Councillor Pat Murray, who represents Woodville on South Derbyshire District Council, had some explaining to do when he swapped details with two drivers following the minor collision, in High Street, Woodville.
His car, famously displaying his face to advertise his Conservative party, is now a write-off.
The councillor decided to dress up as his ‘alter ego’ to promote tonight’s Burton YMCA sleepwalk, and had been driving to Touch FM radio at the time.
On why he decided against changing into his costume at the radio station, he said: “I wore it while I was driving as it is easier for me to put it on with help as it does up at the back.
“The only person at the radio was Mark O’Sullivan so I didn’t want to ask him to have to dress me. Mark and Gillian Cox, who was there promoting with me, had a good laugh about it.”
The accident happened after he stopped as a car in front was turning right.
“The next thing I heard was a double bang,” he said.
“A car had crashed into the back of me and another car into the back of that car.
“I got out of mine dressed as Andy Pandy and the other drivers – a man and a woman – were already out.
“The man looked a bit dazed looking at me and was quite stunned. He thought it wasn’t real and he was in a pantomime.”
Fortunately there were no injuries but all cars have been written off,
He added: “The back door (of my car) was off its hinges, the floor was pushed back, the boot, bumper and lights were also damaged and the back seat was also up so it is well and truly shot.
“Both drivers were obviously upset as their cars were both write-offs. The woman only had her car a few months because someone had actually driven into the back of her.”
He wear his outfit along with hundreds of others tonight in the sleepwalk taking off from The Tall Chimney, in The Pipeworks, Swadlincote, from 8pm.