Monday 23 October 2017

Early heads-up for Captain Beany

It's a fresh bid for Westminster for Captain Beany
It's a fresh bid for Westminster for Captain Beany

A self-proclaimed superhero and charity champion called Captain Beany has literally used his head in his bid to become an MP.

The 60-year-old, who is standing in the Aberavon constituency in south Wales, showed off his new tattoo of baked beans covering his entire scalp during the count at Neath Sports Centre.

Mr Beany - whose fundraising stunts are the stuff of legend in his home town of Port Talbot - spent two gruelling days having the design inked onto his forehead in a bid to raise cash for a young girl with cerebral palsy.

"It took two days of sheer agony to have it done, but it was worth it," he said.

"People paid £60 to have their initials tattooed on my head - and there's 60 of them in all. It was all part of a campaign to raise money for a little girl called Marlie-Grace Roberts, who has a rare condition."

The orange-clad eccentric - who claims to hail from the Planet Beanus and has set up a Bean Museum in his house - admits he does not stand a chance of beating Labour's candidate and odds-on favourite Stephen Kinnock.

However, he added: "As long as I get my deposit back and raise awareness for a good cause, then I'm happy."

Last time around in 2010, Beany received 558 votes - 1.8% of the vote.

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