Historic tradition will continue at Wisbech for years to come

Wisbech Rose Fair, 2015. Wisbech Mayor and Mayoress and Beadle with the St Augustines day centre gro

Wisbech Rose Fair, 2015. Wisbech Mayor and Mayoress and Beadle with the St Augustines day centre group celebrating the open day of the rose fair. - Credit: Archant

An historic civic tradition dating back nearly 400 years will continue into the future following a meeting at Wisbech.

The role of the beadle, also known as the mace bearer, was axed when it was discovered the job was costing tax payers £16,000 a year.

However, town councillors agreed the position, which dates back to 1623, should continue but in an informal, as-needed basis, for larger civic occasions such as mayor making and Remembrance Sunday.

Town clerk Terry Jordan said this was already being done but the recent nod of approval by town councillors meant it had now been formalised.

“Wisbech has this tradition and it would be a great shame to abandon it.


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“It was important that the role was amended so that it was became on a volunteer type basis but with an honorarium being paid.”

The role, which is now down to about six hours a month, is to accompany the town mayor to civic duties.

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When Alistair Hopkins left the role last year the reserve Trevor Longmuir stepped in to carry out the duties.

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