Would you weight-watch or get fat on the town’s profits if you were mayor for a year?
A Victorian replica of the mace that is used every year in High Wycombe’s unique mayor-making ceremony. The new mayor is publicly weighed at the start of their year as mayor and then weighed again a year later. If the mayor has put on weight during the year the crowd boo and shout – he or she must have been getting fat on the profits of the town!
Traditionally, the ‘macebearer’, dressed in traditional costume, carries the mace and calls out the mayor’s weight. The original was presented to the Borough on 6th April 1694 by Sir Thomas Lewes and C Godfrey, Members of Parliament for the Borough. This silver-plate replica was made by Elkington & Co, a well-known Victorian silver-plating company.
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