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."