Newry Spud has learnt that Independent Councillor Gavin Malone has been sponsored by chocolate companies for nearly 3 decades.

Malone who has been sponsored through his current Council term by Milk Tray has come clean and admitted to us that he was indeed the Milkybar Kid.

Councillor Malone told us:

“It’s quite a coincidence really and there is no skulduggery happening. I was selected to be the Milkybar kid in 1986 and since then my love for chocolate and giving people boxes of chocolate has grown.

Yes, I was paid quite handsomely by Nestlé throughout the 80s and yes Milk Tray is giving me 800 boxes a month for my constituents but there is definitely no link between me and Big Chocolate.”