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Meet The Mayor's Prized Possession

Thursday November 7 2013


Ken with his prized Fazer Ken with his prized Fazer


MAYOR of Barnsley Ken Richardson has two loves in his life.

Of course, the first is his wife and mayoress, Nadia, but the second is his Yamaha Fazer 600 motorbike.

Ken bought it new in 2007 and even rides it to the Town Hall when it's sunny.

"I love the freedom," he said. "You can just hop on it and, if you drive sensibly, you're not held down by the traffic. I love heading off into the hills.

"Nadia goes on the back, she loves it. We like going up to Dunford Bridge with a picnic on a nice day."

He got his first bike when he was 16 and has owned lots since, including several Hondas, a few Yamahas and a Suzuki.

But his favourite is the one he currently owns.

"It's like a rocket and supposedly does 130mph, but I've never been that fast. I have a helmet, because it's the law, and used to have a leather jacket - but it doesn't fit me anymore."

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Reply Posted by barnsley bob on Thursday November 7 2013 at 16:04
bet he bought the bike out of his expenses...

Reply Posted by Alex on Friday November 8 2013 at 07:56
You're wrong their Barnsley Bob, we paid for it through our taxes. He's lucky he can "just just jump on it", and go where he likes, while the rest of us pay up and starve. I think "Sheriff of Nottingham" comes to mind here.

Reply Posted by me on Friday November 8 2013 at 11:59
HE IS THE NEW ROBIN HOOD

Reply Posted by really! on Thursday November 7 2013 at 16:09
Honestly who gives a shit about mayor loving his motorbike. Personally i dont care if he carches bus drives a car or walks to town hall id rather know how he plans to turn barnsley around from being a shithole to a proud town again.

Reply Posted by craig on Thursday November 7 2013 at 17:15
an impossible task so i wouldnt worry about it

Reply Posted by Alex on Friday November 8 2013 at 08:00
Barnsley will always be a "shithole" because we keep voting this "crap" in

Reply Posted by she she on Thursday November 7 2013 at 16:09
now now barnsley bob but then again you may-be right

Reply Posted by RothschilD on Thursday November 7 2013 at 16:10
...he forgot freemasonry...

Reply Posted by Kev on Thursday November 7 2013 at 17:04
Thing is that got me in the chronicle is his bike was outside the town hall the traffic wardens went up then he came out They said checking if he had a permit Should have put a fine on straight away but oh no it's the mayor I might get sacked it stinks

Reply Posted by Ackerman on Thursday November 7 2013 at 18:35
Dont care 1 bit. people in our town are struggling to feed there kids and this Arse brags over a motor bike ffs

Reply Posted by trub on Thursday November 7 2013 at 18:43
@Ackerman. Its insensitive,and he may just as well have put up the two fingered salute to everyone.

Reply Posted by What??????? on Thursday November 7 2013 at 20:43
foodbanks, Unemployment,Bedroom tax, High Energy Bills and Soup Kitchens.

Sorry nearly forgot to mention my other form of transport is Chauffer Driven Vehicle. Funded by the cash straped voters of Monk Bretton and Barnsley.

Remember" we are all in this together WELL NOT REALLY. I'm alright Ken.

Reply Posted by lee c on Thursday November 7 2013 at 22:40
ive just helped feed 112 people at our project who are on benefits, living in poverty due to benefit changes, homeless e.t.c. ......................im sure they will be really proud of you ken...........jump on yer bike and leave town. you make me sick!!!!!!

Reply Posted by trub on Thursday November 7 2013 at 23:22
Yes lee c, the story is actually obscene , after the day you will have had it must enrage you more than most. Has the guy no shame?

Reply Posted by g on Friday November 8 2013 at 08:36
at least hes not going on picnic in mayors car at 10 to gallan and a drivers wage dont know what he was like as mayor but as a counciler he is useless lets every body else do leg work and then takes the glory

Reply Posted by Mum of three on Friday November 8 2013 at 11:17
Disgusting.
Me and my husband work hard long hours so why am I scared to put the heating on,
If IM like this god help people that cant get a job.
Bad taste very bad taste.

Reply Posted by tom on Friday November 8 2013 at 14:32
Flog the mayors gold chain to cash converters and use the money to improve the town

Reply Posted by Mike on Friday November 8 2013 at 18:10
You people really will find anything to moan at.

Reply Posted by Me on Friday November 8 2013 at 18:22
Ohhhh mike if you don't like it get off WAB....
These folk are speaking the truth.
I 100%agree with you all.
ITS A SHAM!!!

Reply Posted by Real World Fc on Friday November 8 2013 at 20:42
TrueTory councillor wearing a Labour Bike jacket. Parasite.

Reply Posted by Xxxxxx on Friday November 8 2013 at 20:44
He wants to shove his rocket up his arse in fact. Then he could be in London in 2 hours.

Reply Posted by sid on Saturday November 9 2013 at 11:15
SID SAYS OINK OINK OINK OINK@EVERYBODY

Reply Posted by Miserable-townies on Sunday November 10 2013 at 10:13
Miserable bastards. The man has a motorcycle he's just telling you how much he loves it. Any biker will tell you that, but all you can do is moan at every thing. EVERY THING

Reply Posted by Shocked on Sunday November 10 2013 at 10:24
Absolutely shocked and disgusted about the ignorance of some people! I for one thought it was a nice article to read, riding motorbikes is cool and shows the down to earth nature. Whatever this has got to do with rising fuel bills I will never know. The guy bought his bike in 2007 it said, way before he was mayor, way before the fuel costs increase. People will find anything to moan about! I hope all you keyboard warriors vote and wonder if any of you consider standing for election yourself because one thing I can stand is arm chair politicians!

Reply Posted by unshocked on Sunday November 10 2013 at 10:29
Hes just showing off,why doesn,t he go to meetings on his BIKE,save on a car and chaufeur,the heartless money grabbing tw@t..

Reply Posted by Kilkenny on Sunday November 10 2013 at 10:32
Well said.Would save a fortune for the Tax Payer...Get on your Bike and save us Money.Sell the car and will be less pollution for the environment..start getting Barnsley up and running.Instead of running the town into SHIT HOLE..

Reply Posted by Sid on Sunday November 10 2013 at 10:36
Here here..Lets get rid of the money wasting Mayor and his tag alongs..Save a fortune..total waste of money..

Reply Posted by Swifty on Sunday November 10 2013 at 10:40
I bet are KEN doesn,t go to the Foodbanks.NO shops at marks & spencers.Get on your Bike and keep going..And take your understudies with you!!!

Reply Posted by Richard on Sunday November 10 2013 at 10:56
I,m a Tory Boy and it,s about time we stopped wasting money,Get the pot-holes fixed,town center cleaned up,Lets get a grip before the Town because a no go area..

Reply Posted by Biker on Sunday November 10 2013 at 19:38
Nice bike, used to have a Fazer myself before swapping for a CBR600. Hope he enjoys it!:)

Reply Posted by Frank on Sunday November 10 2013 at 19:50
Can you believe that people are abusing a man doing a great job of representing our town because he owns a motorbike. What has this got to do with anything? I realise it's a bit of a pointless interview but I'm sure there is no need for the mindless morons who are abusing him to moan about him owning a motorbike. The people who think Barnsley is a 'shithole' ought to f@$k off and move to place like castle vale in Birmingham and then get the chance to see what a real 'shithole' is. Proud to be Barnsley born and bred!!!

Reply Posted by Biker on Sunday November 10 2013 at 20:18
What do you want him to do? Sell his bike and buy everybody dinner?