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Councillor Owen Thompson is looking for more support for Earth Hour
Councillor Owen Thompson is looking for more support for Earth Hour

Midlothian Council leader Owen Thompson is fearing the worst in his challenge to local people to back the climate change campaign Earth Hour.

With just three days to go until the annual event, when campaigners switch off lights to mark environmental concerns, he’s already had more than 70 backers accept his challenge that he would run June’s Tough Mudder event in Dalkeith if enough people showed their support for Earth Hour.

Earth Hour takes place on Saturday, March 29, from 8.30pm to 9.30pm.

But Councillor Thompson is remaining coy about whether or not he will don his trainers for the June 14-15 event.

He said: “I’m encouraged by the number of backers so far but it’s still not enough to make me commit to doing Tough Mudder. If you want to see me covered in mud as part of trying to save the earth, you know what you need to do. Go to and sign up, giving your postcode.”

Cllr Thompson will announce on Friday whether or not he is planning to go through with the challenge.

Tough Mudder is a 12-mile, multi-obstacle event taking place in Dalkeith Country Park on the weekend of June 14 and 15.

Midlothian Council is showing its support for Earth Hour by turning off decorative lighting across council buildings on March 29 at the alloted time.

The lighting on the clock at Midlothian Council’s head office will also be turned off as a mark of support for the worldwide event.

Two years ago, Scotland became the first country in the world to secure 100 per cent support from local authorities for Earth Hour.