A council has rejected calls to sell its gold Mayoral chain, pointing out that it’s a prized piece of Ilkeston history.
The response came from Erewash Borough Council leader Cllr Chris Corbett when two residents suggested the ceremonial item should be flogged to cut costs and boost charities.
At last night’s meeting of the council, Conservative Cllr Corbett said: “Whilst I am leader, the borough council will not sell or scrap its mayoral regalia.
“It is a priceless part of the history and is valued by the people of Erewash.”
The chain was given to the town by Francis Sudbury, who was the first mayor of Ilkeston in 1887. It has been worn by all mayors since then and their names have been added to the regalia.
On Saturday December 22, Ilkeston Town Hall will be open to the public for the morning, allowing them to see a restored painting of Alderman Sudbury in an event attended by some of his descendants and members of Ilkeston Local History Society.
Also on display will be the regalia, including the mayoral robes, hat and the mace, one of only 32 held by local councils in the country.
The chain issue arose when resident Paul Bretts submitted a question which read: “As David Cameron has rightly said that ‘we are in it together,’ will the council make financial savings by scrapping its ceremonial trappings, such as the chain of office and finery, expenditure on corporate hosting in order to re-invest in the local economy?”
And taxpayer Wendy Prati asked if the council would consider selling the chain and handing the proceeds to a ‘worthwhile Erewash charity such as the Arena Church or the Canaan Trust for homeless people’.