A MAYOR took on an adrenaline-pumping challenge in aid of a town heritage project.

Mold mayor Councillor Bob Gaffey has been taking on all manner of fundraising activities during his year in office in aid of the Bailey Hill project.

The scheme aims to transform the former Norman settlement Bailey Hill into a thriving outdoor attraction.

On Tuesday evening Cllr Gaffey abseiled down the side of County Hall in Mold to raise funds and awareness of the project.

He told the Leader he was not worried about the stunt, adding: "I have done it before - I did it in Devil’s Gorge in Loggerheads, so it was fine and I knew what to expect.

"There were about 20 people there and we raised some money but it was also about raising awareness about it."

In 2016 a stage one Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £43,000 was approved for the project.

The three organisations involved in the scheme - the Friends of Bailey Hill, Mold Town Council and Flintshire Council - then went on to apply for a £1 million stage two grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

But they have to raise £100,000 to secure it if they are successful.

Cllr Gaffey said the funds raised so far have reached about £97,000.

He explained: "We are nearly there. The decision will be made by the Heritage Lottery Fund at the end of June.

"If we get money it will transform that park and it will be great for the residents."