Lenny Berry, 59, has been wearing a bowler hat to play Bradford City’s City Gent mascot for 20 years. But after he lost weight for health reasons after being diagnosed with diabetes, he said he felt he could no longer play the portly character.

“I’m absolutely gutted. I am a grown man and this is something I have cried over,” Mr Berry told Bradford’s Telegraph & Argus newspaper.

“I used to have supporters chant things at me, like ‘who ate all the pies’. I used to get them going and then grab my belly. I’ve always had a good rapport with fans.”