Best foot forward

St Helens Star: Mayor Andy Bowden and White Ribbon campaigners don fancy footwear for the cause Mayor Andy Bowden and White Ribbon campaigners don fancy footwear for the cause

THEY might not fit in with the standard mayoral dress code – but the stilettos that were accessories to Councillor Andy Bowden’s suit outside St Helens Town Hall marked a special cause.

The mayor joined around 60 other men wearing high heels to start a totter through town and stand up for the White Ribbon Campaign.

Afternoon shoppers were given a surprise as they witnessed the annual parade taking a trek covering Hardshaw Street, Cotham Street and Church Street.

The high-heeled heroes came from a range of organisations which support those affected by domestic abuse in the borough including Helena Partnerships, St Helens Council, Addaction, Regenda and Liverpool Housing Trust.

The parade was led by 24-year-old Helena volunteer Graham Ashton, and supports the aims of the campaign, which ensures men make a stand against domestic violence against women.

A white flag was flown above the town hall and men wrapped white ribbons around trees in Victoria Square before taking the walk.

Haydn Hansford, managing director of Helena Propertycare, said: “By walking a mile in women’s shoes we wanted to make people stop and think about an issue which can often be hidden, even within families.”

St Helens Council was one of the local authorities which gained the White Ribbon last year for demonstrating its commitment to the aims of the campaign.

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