THE SAGA of Droitwich’s ripped mayoral robe is over — thanks to a resident who stepped forward to repair them free of charge.
There were fears the town council would have to pay £5,000 to replace the damaged ceremonial clothes after a tear was discovered in them, when the mayor attended St Richards’ Festival in his traditional attire.
The garments, which were made out of wool and ermine, are only ever worn on civic occasions and were last replaced between 20 and 30 years ago.
Pam Craney, the Droitwich Town Clerk, said the offer to repair the robes was a wonderful gesture.
She added: “We had three residents come forward, one of which was a fabric specialist who confirmed the garment could be repaired.
“Reports in the national press that the town council were prepared to pay £5,000 to have the robe replaced have proved a complete pie-in-the-sky and very wide off the mark. The person who repaired the robe has asked to remain anonymous, but the work has been done to an exceedingly high standard, with the robe now returned to the town council.”
Mayor Graham Beale said: “We are just thankful and grateful for the fact the lady has done the work. It is very much appreciated.
“I have personally looked at the robes and I just cannot see where it was repaired at all — it was brilliantly done.
“The fact she has done it free is very unusual these days. It is nice to know there are still people who will do things out the kindness of their heart.”