Fitting honour for Chester man after four decades of mayoral service

27 November 2017

A city craftsman has been honoured after 40 years of working with the civic mayoral robes for Chester.

Chris Courtenay Williams was first commissioned in 1976 to repair and refurbish the robes, a year after he opened his workroom in Northgate Street.

He said: “At first I found it a bit daunting, working with the civic robes, but my experience made me realise that they are just another garment at the end of the day. 

“It has been a great pleasure working with the civic heads over the past 40 years and caring for and repairing the robes.”

Over the years the robes have been adapted, repaired and refurbished in many ways for incoming civic heads and Mr Williams has met every Mayor of Chester and every Sheriff of Chester since 1976.

Mr Williams said one of his proudest moments was when he was asked to make a new robe for the Sheriff of Chester as it was his first new make and it was for his home town of Chester.

He was honoured for his continued work with a presentation at Chester Town Hall, joined by his wife and the current and former Lord Mayors of Chester.

The current Lord Mayor of Chester, Councillor Razia Daniels, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to pay my personal tribute to Chris for the care and attention he has given me in fitting my robes, his passion for detail is second to none and I must say the workmanship is excellent.”
The Lord Mayor of Chester, Councillor Razia Daniels, with Chris Courtenay Williams


Chris Courtenay Williams celebrates his 40 years of work on the mayoral robes with Chester dignitaries

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