Havant mayor felt ‘ashamed’ of his robes in 1999

The mayor of Havant was to have a new image for the millennium – if thousands of pounds of funding was agreed.

Friday, 8th March 2019, 1:12 pm
Updated Friday, 8th March 2019, 2:15 pm
Havant mayor Frank Pearce greets Japanese visitor Tadao Yamanaka.

New robes, a car and more money for allowances were in the pipeline at a total cost to the taxpayer of more than £16,000. 

Mayor Frank Pearce said it was important for whoever holds the role to look good. The robes he wore were 25 years old and he was a bit ashamed to wear them when he was meeting visitors from overseas, such as Tadao Yamanaka. 

Cllr Pearce said: ‘They are quite rotten. I am almost embarrassed to wear them. They don’t look bad from the outside but the stitches on the inside are rotten in places.  

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‘It is important the next mayor has good robes.

‘The millennium is an important year.’