NOTE: This content is old - Published: Wednesday, May 29th, 2013.
Readers of the Wrexham.com forums will have been aware of a debate started by a forum user a week ago about the use of fur on the Mayor’s robes after our Mayor Making coverage.
This afternoon The Mayor of Wrexham, Cllr I. David Bithell MBE said: “As a supporter of animal welfare it would go against my principles and morals to continue wearing the ceremonial robe.”
“I was not aware that the robe contained real fur and I have taken the decision to wear an alternative for official duties and ceremonies.”
The forum thread from last week can be viewed here, which was followed (based on public timestamps) with a query on the Council’s Facebook page.
The debate evolved to the use of robes by Councillors, so it will be interesting to see if they are axed as well as the same poster who triggered the anti-fur protest described them as ‘vain’ and Councillors using them ‘wanting to look aloof from their electorate’.
(Pictured: The old Mayor parading through town showing the full array of fur on the robe.)