Case for mayoral chains

Brian Phillips (right) and Neil McArthur (centre) presented Mr Lepper with a specially made...
Brian Phillips (right) and Neil McArthur (centre) presented Mr Lepper with a specially made wooden case for the chains. Photo by Sarah Marquet.
After the men from the Alexandra Men's Shed group heard about Central Otago Mayor Tony Lepper carrying around his mayoral chains in an old cardboard box, they decided to do something about it.

Yesterday, before a council meeting, shed representatives Brian Phillips and Neil McArthur presented Mr Lepper with a specially made wooden case for the chains.

Mr Lepper said the chains once had a (long-lost) dedicated case but he had been storing them in an old cardboard gift box.

Former mayor and men's shed chairman Malcolm Macpherson did most of the work on the case
''cause he's the one with the expertise,'' Mr McArthur said.

''I'd put him up there with any woodworker in this country.''

It is made of a mixture of woods including American white pine, kauri and jarrah that originally came from places such as the old Bendigo Hotel, the old Alexandra Railway Station and a railway sleeper that used to form part of the old railway between Clyde and Middlemarch.

The council's logo, a stylised mountain range, was carved into the top of the case by Robert Dykes.

Mr Lepper said it was a ''great pleasure'' to accept the case on behalf of the council.

''I now have somewhere safe to put them because they get carted around in the boot a bit.''

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