Eccentric politician Lord Toby Jug features in a film about his life which is being screened at the St Ives Corn Exchange on Monday.
The St Ives musician, who founded The Eccentric Party of Great Britain in January, stood as the prospective parliamentary candidate for Uxbridge and South Ruislip alongside Boris Johnson in May’s General Election. He finished tenth out of 13 candidates after polling just 50 votes and lost his deposit.
Jug, whose birth name is Brian Borthwick, admitted he was an alcoholic in a candid interview with The Hunts Post in May 2014. He told readers how he ended up homeless and was hospitalised and told he would die if he didn’t stop drinking.
Jug was the former guitarist in a band with the Loony Party’s founder, Screaming Lord Sutch, and it was Sutch who gave him the nickname Toby Jug, which he later adopted by deed poll.
A Canadian film crew made the short documentary film – A Different Drummer - Celebrating Eccentrics – about the top 10 eccentrics in the world. Jug has also written a biography – The Breaking and Making of Lord Toby Jug, which is due out next year.
“I was quite shocked when I was contacted by Reel to Reel Productions in Canada to take part in their film,” he said.
“I’ve never thought of myself as an eccentric, it’s the rest of the world that’s potty I’ve always thought. But I’m glad I took part in the film, we all had a lot of fun making it in and around St Ives. Now for the first time, the film is being shown in the UK.”
INFORMATION: Tickets for the film, which starts at 8pm but doors open at 7.30pm, are £5 and available from the corn exchange box office on 01480 496955 or 01480 496454.