Chatham Mayor To Wear Jersey

The Leamington Flyers celebrating their Western Conference Championship win, April 4 2014. (photo by Mike Vlasveld)

Chatham-Kent Mayor Randy Hope is going to live up to his end of the bargain when it comes to a bet with Leamington’s mayor.

The Leamington Flyers and Chatham Maroons recently met in the Junior B playoffs. The mayor of the losing community agreed to wear the opposing team’s jersey to an upcoming council meeting.

Hope and Leamington Mayor John Paterson talked for the first time this morning since the Flyers won the series. Hope says the Chatham-Kent community will now stand behind Leamington in the upcoming Sutherland Cup. “To John and the Leamington Flyers, the team, the coaching staff, I just want to say great job,” says Hope. “I mean it takes a lot, the team pulled itself together, outshone the Chatham Maroons, which was unfortunate, but it’s great for the community and it’s great for southwestern Ontario.”

While there is a council meeting in Chatham-Kent tonight, the jersey won’t arrive until a meeting later this month.