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Man Pretends to be Mayor and Fools Town

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“Heard on the grapevine that someone is going around impersonating mayors. #Notonmywatch.”

Heard on the grapevine that someone is going around impersonating mayors. #Notonmywatch

— Mayor of Stafford (@mayorofstafford)

That was the snarky tweet posted by a man in Stafford who has been pretending to be the mayor of the English town.

Clearly, the man, who identifies himself as James Billington on his Twitter profile, is having a laugh playing mayor.

Billington describes himself as “the current Mayor of Stafford. Delighted to be representing the town of Stafford & surrounding areas.”

He’s been tweeting since March 8 and posting tweets such as: “Currently stuck in traffic. Again. I think a #mayorlane might be a good addition to the roads of #Stafford.”

Many in Stafford were convinced he was indeed their mayor until the Stafford Borough Council caught wind of the prank and asked Twitter to shut the account down, the Daily Mail reports. But Billington’s account is still very much alive.

For the record, the real mayor of Stafford is Angela Loughran. She’s held the role — which is largely ceremonial — for 10 months.

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