Settle mayor Joe Lord leads the dancing in motorbike helmet and chains of office Pic: Copyright Steve Finch Photography

It’s not every day you see a town mayor bedecked in chains of office, a motorcycle helmet and a hoodie leaping along a railway platform, but that was the sight that greeted bemused visitors to Settle Station on the famous Settle to Carlisle line on Sunday.

Settle mayor Joe Lord was joined by local schoolchildren and other residents (including an 82-year-old) for the Settle Shake – Settle’s version of the Harlem Shake, which has become a viral internet sensation around the world in recent months.

Watch the video below…

The energetic and colourful dance was staged at a number of locations in the Dales market town, including the station and outside the Olde Naked Man Café.

The brainchild of Settle Festival’s Mark Dale, the event was designed to raise the profile of Settle while raising funds for the local Cave Rescue Organisation – and having a lot of fun.

To support the event, you can make a donation at https://www.justgiving.com/settleshake

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