The Children’s Mayor of Leeds is now dressed to impress after a local jewellers carefully handcrafted some Chains of Office.
After four weeks of voting and more than 6,800 votes, the new Leeds Children’s Mayor was announced in November as Charlotte Williams.
The Rufford Park Primary School pupil recently took part in one of her first official engagements – accompanying the Lord Mayor of Leeds, councillor Thomas Murray, to a ceremony at Phillip Stoner’s Victoria Quarter store.
At the jewellers, Charlotte was presented with her own Chain of Office, which have been designed and handcrafted onsite by Phillip Stoner’s master craftsman, Graham Mathers.
Every section of the chains, made from twists of sterling silver, was carved and engraved by hand and will be worn by the Leeds Children’s Mayor for years to come.
Managing director, Jonathan Stoner, said: “It’s an honour to be involved in creating a piece of history for Leeds.
“As an independent, family-run jeweller, we’re thrilled that the council continues to show their support for local businesses.”
In 2002, Phillip Stoner jewellers was entrusted to restore The Great Mace of the City of Leeds and the Lord Mayor’s 18ct gold Chain of Office – a painstaking process that took more than four weeks to complete.
The jeweller was then asked to produce a new gold Chain of Office for the Deputy Lord Mayor.
The new chain was a replica of the original, which was thought to have been made about 1840.
Every year, pupils in Year 6 at primary schools across the city are invited to enter the Leeds Children’s Mayor programme.
Aspiring candidates must write a short manifesto, based on one of the ‘12 Wishes for a more Child Friendly Leeds’.
In the manifesto, they must explain how they would like to improve the city.
From all the schools that enter, the top 10 entries are chosen by a panel of councillors.
Everyone in the city is then asked to vote for their three favourite entries.
All of the finalists are invited to Leeds Civic Hall where the person with the most votes is announced and made the new Children’s Mayor of Leeds.