Bristol Lord Mayor to wear new set of ceremonial chains at Annual General Meeting of Full Council 2020: CivicChains-2020

21 May 2020

Bristol Lord Mayor to wear new set of ceremonial chains at Annual General Meeting of Full Council 2020

The new set of chains date back to 1903 and will be worn in place of the official set stolen in February

At the Annual General Meeting of Full Council on Thursday 21 May 2020, the Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor are nominated to be elected by Bristol councillors.

Lord Mayor Jos Clark is nominated to stand for another year, while Councillor Carole Johnson is nominated to be Deputy Lord Mayor, replacing Councillor Cleo Lake.

At the AGM of Full Council, the Lord Mayor will wear a replacement set of ceremonial chains, after the official civic ceremonial jewellery was stolen earlier this year.

The current Lord Mayor Jos Clark said:

“The official chains represent an unbroken line of lord mayors dating all the way back to 1828, and are a sacred piece of Bristol and British history. We are doing what we can to support the police in their investigation, and continue to hope for the safe return of the chains.

The monetary value of the chains really does not compare to the sentimental and historical value of their place in Bristol. I appeal to those who have committed this crime against the people of Bristol to please do the right thing. Please come forward and return the items to their rightful place.

These chains are by no means a replacement for the official set, but I hope they can raise spirits during these difficult times.”

The new set of chains are gold, and kept in a leather box embossed with ‘The Society of Bristolians in London Presidents’ badge.

It is believed the Society was founded in 1903, and the chains were a gift of Oscar Berry Esq, First President and Chairman in 1939.

The Police are still investigating the theft of the historic jewellery in February, and enquiries are continuing.

Two safes were stolen from a secure unit in Hotwells on Monday 24 February between 2:30-4am.

If you witnessed what happened or have information that may assist the investigation, please call 101 and give reference number 5220044814. If you would prefer to provide information anonymously, please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.