Lord Mayor of Leicester to step down early

Colin Hall
Image caption The lord mayor was attempting to lose weight when his trousers fell down

The Lord Mayor of Leicester has announced he is stepping down early from his role for health reasons.

Councillor Colin Hall is leaving a month before the end of his term in office and he will hand over his duties to his deputy, Councillor Robert Wann.

Mr Hall made headlines when his trousers fell down while talking to schoolchildren - an accident blamed on a weight loss regime.

He had also not been reselected to stand for New Parks at May's election.

Mr Hall pointed to his fundraising for dementia care as a positive legacy from his eleven months in office.

"The Forget-me-not appeal was the first of its kind by any lord mayor anywhere in the county has been incredibly successful.

"We have raised £150,000, which is a fantastic achievement by myself and my team and it is also a tribute to the generosity and compassion of the community," he said.

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