Louth Town Council approve new cost for ' Mayor Bear' badges for parades
EXTRA money to pay for memento pin badges for children who take part in a Mayor's parade has been approved by councillors, despite some objections.
Two parades are scheduled to take place in Louth this year – the Mayor's Civic reception on Sunday, April 28 and a Mayor's Parade on July 7.
Louth Mayor Jill Makinson-Sanders suggested the council pay £240 for 300 Mayor bear pin badges for children who take part, in lieu of refreshments served at Louth Town Hall.
The suggestion generated debate on whether the council should spend this extra cost at a time of budget pressures and also whether to spend money on hiring the town hall to serve refreshments to civic leaders.
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Councillor Fran Treanor said it was important the parade tradition is upheld.
He said: "The Mayor's Parade in Louth is known throughout the county. Civic leaders are enthralled by it. We must keep this going."
Councillor George Horton liked the idea of the Mayor bear badges, stating they could become collector's items.
But some councillors felt taking part in the parade was award enough for children.
Councillor Pauline Watson said: "It is a privilege taking part for the Mayor of the town. We do not need to reward for the privilege."
Councillor Chris Green also disagreed. He said: "Taking part in the parade is an honour in itself."
Councillor Trevor Marris thought it could encourage even more children to take part in parades. Following a recorded vote, the council approved buying the pin badges for children.