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.

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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.”