New Plymouth's mayoral candidates were upstaged last night as they were turned into Mrs Brown's boys.
New Plymouth West Rotary hosted a fundraising dinner for Taranaki Hospice and brought in Mrs Brown, aka Morris West, and the three candidates who want mayor Harry Duynhoven's job to provide the entertainment at the Little Theatre.
About 80 people enjoyed a three-course meal and an open invitation to heckle the candidates as well as ask questions.
Mrs Brown's boys were Andrew Judd, Craig Piercy and Chris Wilkes.
West was perfectly cast as the loud, foul-mouthed matriarch and littered his verbal volleys with the liberal use of the word "fek".
To avoid allegations of being biased, Mrs Brown said the order would be decided by drawing ping-pong balls out of a rubbish bin.
"I got this one from Pig-Out Point because apparently it isn't needed any more."
First up was Mr Piercy and although Mrs Brown had warned them not to use previous speeches, his offering bore a strong resemblance to what he said at the council chambers on Tuesday.
That was not lost on Mrs Brown who said "that sounded like a My Sky replay" as he vacated the armchair.
Mr Wilkes told the audience the idea to run for mayor had popped into his head and after much deliberation he had decided to listen to it.
"This is an inner voice you are receiving here," he said before saying bad things often happened if he didn't listen to his inner voice.
As Mr Judd sat down a member of the audience called out "he can tap dance".
Mrs Brown begged to differ.
"He feking can't, I've been on stage with him".
A total $2000 was raised by the same club last month. It was hoped to raise a similar amount last night.
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