London: It`s not exactly a case of `wardrobe malfunction`, but the Lord Mayor of Leicester was caught in an embarrassing incident when his trousers came loose and fell down at an education event for schoolchildren.
Colin Hall, who was elected the Lord Mayor of the east Midlands town in May, was in a library to take part in a Global Education Summer Showcase yesterday.
Pupil from three local schools were present, and when he stood to give a vote of thanks, his trousers came loose and fell.
In a statement, Hall, 46, said: "Whilst giving a vote of thanks, I suffered a problem with my trousers. Unfortunately, I had chosen not to wear a belt and the trousers came loose and fell".
He added: "I would like to offer my deepest apologies to anyone who was offended by the accident." Hall, who has signed up to a gym to reduce weight during his year as the Lord Mayor, has reportedly sought the help of fitness guru Rosemary Conley.
He currently weighs more than 16 stone and wants to lose up to three stone by next May. He walks to many civic engagements and has changed his diet.
He wrote in his blog: "As well as losing weight and improving my own fitness, I am seeking to use my year in office to demonstrate how anyone can improve their health and wellbeing by taking a step-by-step approach to getting fit."
Hall recently hit the headlines after choosing to stop the tradition of saying prayers before full council meetings, and choosing not to attend a civic service at the city`s cathedral.