Mayor's medallion found

A MEDALLION which went missing from a mayor's chain during a carnival has been recovered. Steven Reynolds, from Framlingham, found the central medallion which had gone missing from the Aldeburgh mayor's chain.

A MEDALLION which went missing from a mayor's chain during a carnival has been recovered.

Steven Reynolds, from Framlingham, found the central medallion which had gone missing from the Aldeburgh mayor's chain.

Mr Reynolds discovered the item on Aldeburgh beach after the carnival on August 20 - but it was not until he read an appeal in a newspaper that he realised what it was.

Now, Mr Reynolds has visited the Tourist Information Centre in Aldeburgh and given in the medallion. It only has a limited commercial value but it is very much part of the town's history.

The mayor, Hugo Herbert-Jones, had admitted that it was an embarrassment to lose such an historic piece of regalia.

He said: ''Inspection of the neck-band shows how the loss happened. The clasp is very loose and must be altered or replaced before the pendant is worn again.''

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“This is a heartening reminder that despite all, there are still lots of good people around in our society.''

The mayor was wearing the medallion on its blue ribbon when he attended the Fun Fair with King Neptune and also went on the beach for the fireworks display.

When he returned to his car after the fireworks he discovered it was missing he returned to the beach with a torch to search for the item.

Mr Herbert-Jones returned the following morning at 6am and he had the beach swept with a metal detector but, after it was not found, he alerted police officers.

The town council held an emergency discussion in private after a council meeting and then an appeal for help in finding the medallion was released.