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Ceremonial key from 1903 is returned to Mayor’s Parlour in Grantham

Former Mayor of Grantham Jacky Smith with the silver ceremonial key which has been returned to the parlour in Grantham.
Former Mayor of Grantham Jacky Smith with the silver ceremonial key which has been returned to the parlour in Grantham.

A ceremonial silver key given to the Mayor of Grantham in 1903 has been returned to the town many years after it left these shores for Canada.

The key was presented to Mayor of Grantham William Hornsby at the opening of a new nurses’ home in Grantham. An inscription on the key says “Presented to Mayor of Grantham W. Hornsby Esq JP on October 28th 1903.”

A few days before she handed over her chains of office to the new mayor, Mayor of Grantham Jacky Smith said: “I think it’s very fitting it has come back home. We are very grateful to the family in Canada for sending it back to us.”

Coun Mrs Smith has a brother who lives near to the family in Parksville in British Colombia. She says she hopes to visit the family when she next goes to see her brother.

The nurses home, where the key was presented, was built in Slate Mill Place near to the White Bridge in Wyndham Park.

The key was returned to the Mayor’s Parlour from Canada by David and Gerrie Green. In a letter to the parlour David said: “My father Percy Green was given the key by his aunt Anne, who was Mayor Hornsby’s adopted daughter. As a boy I wrote letters to her and received some in return. The key has lost meaning to our family as nobody knew Anne or her history well.

“I hope the key will bring a smile of pleasure to your face and those who see it on display. I feel glad knowing it is returning home and thank you for the many dreams, stories and memories you have given me while it rested here.”


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