Antique mayor scroll gifted to borough

Ken Kershaw with Mayor Jules Pipe and Cllr Sharon Patrick

Ken Kershaw with Mayor Jules Pipe and Cllr Sharon Patrick - Credit: Archant

The great-grandson of the first Mayor of Shoreditch has donated an antique to Hackney which belonged to his ancestor to mark the 50th anniversary of the borough being formed.

Ken Kershaw gifted a scroll commemorating the presentation of the mayoral robes to his forebear Henry Edward Kershaw in 1901, which will be displayed in Hackney Museum as part of an exhibition of 50 items.

Mr Kershaw, a former councillor, whose mother and father were also councillors, said: “I thought the time was right to hand over the scroll for posterity as my mother, who owned the scroll, died recently, and as I’m the last of the Kershaw line. I am proud of the scroll and the fact that Henry Edward was the first mayor. I always included the fact that I come from a long line of local politicians in my own election addresses.”

The boroughs of Hackney, Shoreditch and Stoke Newington merged in 1965 to form the London Borough of Hackney.

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