SHEFFIELD’s Deputy Lord Mayor has withdrawn a personal injury claim he made against a residents’ group after a chair he sat on collapsed during a community festival.
Solicitors for John Campbell, Labour councillor for Richmond, have written to Greenhill and Bradway Tenants’ and Residents’ Association rescinding the claim over the incident which happened before last year’s Lowedges Festival, organised by the TARA.
Mr Campbell, who takes over as Lord Mayor in May, had been invited to the event in an official capacity as Deputy Lord Mayor.
Steve Rich, secretary of Greehill and Bradway TARA, said: “We have received a letter from Coun Campbell’s solicitors confirming he is rescinding the claim.
“I’m glad it is all over and we are just relieved. It means we can now go ahead with this year’s festival, which will be held on Sunday, August 12.
“We now need to find someone to open the event because the Lord Mayor will not be invited this year.”
Mr Rich said the chair collapse happened when Coun Campbell was in Greenhill tenants’ hall, on Gervais Road, before the opening ceremony and had sat down to have a drink on a garden chair when it gave way.
The TARA was informed of the legal action three months later.
Mr Rich said members feared the claim could lead to an increase in insurance costs, making this year’s festival more expensive to stage.
The Deputy Mayor, who has suffered serious illness in recent years, has declined to reveal details of his injuries or the amount he was seeking in damages.