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PIC: MARK PASSMORE/APEX 28/07/2022 BBC star Zoe Ball is hot to trot - to meet Britain's first pony Mayor. The presenter wants to hoof it to Cockington in Devon for a parley with Patrick - the village's beer swilling mayor. Miniature Shetland Patrick was given the special title at a ceremony in the Devon village on Saturday. The therapy pony lived in the village for about two years - travelling to nearby hospitals, recovery groups, mental health wards and schools to support people in need. Despite having since been moved away due to a lack of suitable winter grazing fields, he still makes regular trips back to Cockington with his owners Kirk and Hannah Petrakis. He has been given the mayoral role after his fans started a tongue-in-cheek petition to online. ** SEE STORY BY APEX NEWS - 01392 823144 ** ---------------------------------------------------- APEX NEWS AND PICTURES NEWS DESK: 01392 823144 PICTURE DESK: 01392 823145
Patrick has only been mayor for just over a week – and he’s already at the heart of a massive local spat (Picture: APEX)

The honorary Mayor of a town in Devon has been banned from his local pub.

But Patrick is no ordinary mayor: he is a Shetland Pony with a penchant for Guinness guzzling and his own special bar at the local boozer.

Yet after an unlikely complaint, the animal has found himself barred from The Drum Inn by Torbay Council, sparking fury among residents.

Officials told the pub in Cocklington that they needing planning permission to let Patrick, four, graze in the garden and sip his little beers.

They suggested that the pub garden needs to be categorised as official grazing land.

But far from being seen as a storm in a small cup of beer, the move prompted outrage from locals blasting the council as ‘petty’ and ‘unbelievable’.

Patrick’s owners, meanwhile, claim the move has left them ‘traumatised’.

The therapy pony visits recovery groups, hospitals and mental health wards, and was made Mayor of Cocklington the Saturday before last – only for his reign to quickly descend into acrimony.


PIC: MARK PASSMORE/APEX 28/07/2022 BBC star Zoe Ball is hot to trot - to meet Britain's first pony Mayor. The presenter wants to hoof it to Cockington in Devon for a parley with Patrick - the village's beer swilling mayor. Miniature Shetland Patrick was given the special title at a ceremony in the Devon village on Saturday. The therapy pony lived in the village for about two years - travelling to nearby hospitals, recovery groups, mental health wards and schools to support people in need. Despite having since been moved away due to a lack of suitable winter grazing fields, he still makes regular trips back to Cockington with his owners Kirk and Hannah Petrakis. He has been given the mayoral role after his fans started a tongue-in-cheek petition to online. ** SEE STORY BY APEX NEWS - 01392 823144 ** ---------------------------------------------------- APEX NEWS AND PICTURES NEWS DESK: 01392 823144 PICTURE DESK: 01392 823145
The adorable Mayor of Cocklington is a Shetland Pony (Picture: APEX)

Owners Kirk and Hannah Petrakis have already removed the fencing from Patrick’s ‘interaction pen’ at the pub.

Kirk explained that it was a ‘very emotional afternoon’ taking down the pen in the pub garden.

‘The Drum Inn was very upset’, he said.

‘Someone made a complaint to the council.

‘It just feels very unfair.’

Hannah added: ‘It’s been really traumatic. We’re just shocked by it.


PIC: MARK PASSMORE/APEX 28/07/2022 BBC star Zoe Ball is hot to trot - to meet Britain's first pony Mayor. The presenter wants to hoof it to Cockington in Devon for a parley with Patrick - the village's beer swilling mayor. Miniature Shetland Patrick was given the special title at a ceremony in the Devon village on Saturday. The therapy pony lived in the village for about two years - travelling to nearby hospitals, recovery groups, mental health wards and schools to support people in need. Despite having since been moved away due to a lack of suitable winter grazing fields, he still makes regular trips back to Cockington with his owners Kirk and Hannah Petrakis. He has been given the mayoral role after his fans started a tongue-in-cheek petition to online. ** SEE STORY BY APEX NEWS - 01392 823144 ** ---------------------------------------------------- APEX NEWS AND PICTURES NEWS DESK: 01392 823144 PICTURE DESK: 01392 823145
Patrick had also been grazing in the garden before an unlikely complaint was made against him (Picture: APEX)

‘We don’t want to go through planning because it costs money and it is likely to be refused.

‘It’s really sad. We’re all very upset about it.’

Torbay MP Kevin Foster blasted the council as a ‘complete joke’.

He said: ‘Like most people living in the area I am surprised by the hard line attitudes councillors have decided to take about a pony.

‘Obviously all the serious issues in Torbay have been resolved so they can focus their time on a pony pen at a pub. It’s just unbelievable!’

The Tory MP continued: ‘For me, Patrick’s title of Mayor of Cocklington was a light hearted move to promote the village.


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‘Even I did not realise that it would provoke Torbay Council into making itself a complete joke.’

Foster, who has been MP for the area since 2015, added: ‘Words failed me when I heard.

‘Things like Patrick going in the pub generate interest in Cocklington who are less likely to visit it for a cream tea.

‘It is a beautiful part of our valley for people to visit.’

But there is some hope for Patrick, with namesake Patrick Cain, from nearby Torquay, hoping to create a petition to reinstate him in the pub garden.

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‘We want them to allow Patrick to graze in the pub garden where the public can delight in watching him enjoy the grass’, he explained.

‘Torbay Council need to stop being so petty and allow a little joy into the lives of residents and visitors alike!’

Patrick was given the special title at a ceremony on July 23, after hundreds backed an online campaign to elect him following previous mayor Don Mills’ death.

A Torbay Council spokesman said: ‘We can confirm that following a complaint from a member of the public, an enforcement case has been opened into the erection of unauthorised timber fencing and the display of advertisements within the beer garden of the Drum Inn, Cockington.

‘This is in a designated conservation area and is next to a listed building, and we need to ensure historic areas like this are protected from unauthorised development.’

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They added that no planning applications for fencing or horses had been received.

‘Officers have now raised concerns over the suitability of these unauthorised works, the potential change of use of land and the impact this has on the conservation area and nearby listed building’, the spokesman added.

‘We have written to the landlord of the public house advising that the works are considered a breach of planning legislation.

‘We are now encouraging them to engage with the Planning Department to find a more acceptable solution, to either remove the works or to submit a retrospective planning application.’

The Drum Inn has been contacted for comment.

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