Eye-patched pirate with samurai sword attends civic ceremony

Canterbury City Council leader Simon Cook with "pirate" Jonathan Elliott at last week's mayor making

A man who once lunged at a vehicle containing Prince Charles turned up to tonight’s annual meeting of Canterbury City Council dressed as a pirate.

Jonathan Elliott, 52, wore an eye-patch and tricorn hat with a samurai sword attached to his belt.

In 2013, Elliott was bound over to keep the peace after he lunged at a car entering the King’s School containing the heir to the British throne in the mistaken belief then Prime Minister David Cameron was inside.

Later the same year, Elliott was jailed for six weeks for dropping stink bombs into a ballot box during elections to Kent County Council.

Their discovery sparked a security alert at the vote count in Herne Bay’s Kings Hall and left a city council employee distressed.

Cllr Colin Spooner signs the book as he is made Lord Mayor of Canterbury

Tonight, Elliott was at the Guildhall for the ceremonial annual meeting of the council at which the new Lord Mayor of Canterbury is chosen.

When councillors were nominations for new Lord Mayor, Elliott shouted: “Robin Hood.”

Cllr Colin Spooner, who has just served a year as Sheriff of Canterbury, was instead unanimously elected.

The Conservative, a former policeman who represents Seasalter, said: “I have had a great year as Sheriff working with the civic team in our wonderful city of Canterbury.”

Cllr Spooner thanked his predecessor Cllr Rosemary Doyle.

She told councillors and members of the public: “Being Lord Mayor has been an enormous privilege and a wonderful honour.

“I have learned so much about Canterbury. It’s an extraordinary city and I’m sure the new Lord Mayor will enjoy the role as much as I did.”

Cllr Jeanette Stockley, who represents Beltinge, becomes the new Sheriff of Canterbury.

The council also agreed that Cllr Simon Cook would continue as leader of the authority while veteran Cllr Pat Todd would remain his deputy.


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