Mayor loses his chain on Yorkshire Day - it’s found when a lawn mower runs it over

A part of the Mayor of Skipton's chain of office was found at The Shay in Halifax after it was lost during the town's Yorkshire Day celebrations.
A part of the Mayor of Skipton's chain of office was found at The Shay in Halifax after it was lost during the town's Yorkshire Day celebrations.

THE Mayor of Skipton lost part of his century-old chain of office on Yorkshire Day, it emerged today. It turned up nearly two weeks later in Halifax, after it was run over by a lawn mower.

Councillor Martin Emmerson’s “rather expensive” official regalia, which was lost at a Yorkshire Day reception, was found on a grass verge and thrown clear by the mower.

A part of the Mayor of Skipton's chain of office was found at The Shay in Halifax after it was lost during the town's Yorkshire Day celebrations.

A part of the Mayor of Skipton's chain of office was found at The Shay in Halifax after it was lost during the town's Yorkshire Day celebrations.

Coun Emmerson said: “Obviously, I am absolutely delighted that the pendant was found. It is a massive relief from my point of view.

“Our council chamber is full of portraits of former mayors – dating back well over 100 years – all proudly wearing the chains. I really didn’t want to go down in history as the mayor who lost them.”

Dave Parker, chief officer of Skipton Town Council, said: “Clearly, both the mayor and the council are delighted and very relieved that the pendant has been located.

“There is some superficial damage and buckling to the pendant – presumably from its run-in with the mower – but it is otherwise intact and I’m sure can be restored to its former glory.”