Wisbech Town Council to spend up to £5,370 repairing Mayoral Chain of Office

 Wisbech Mayoral chain.

Wisbech Mayoral chain. - Credit: Archant

They are arguably the jewels in the Wisbech crown – and now £5,000 is to be spent repairing the 19th chain of office worn by the mayor.

 Wisbech Mayoral chain.

Wisbech Mayoral chain. - Credit: Archant

Town councillors agreed repairs and the addition of new shields can be added to the chain up to a maximum of £5,370.

Town clerk Terry Jordan said the beadle had undertaken an examination of the chain “and various refurbishment works have been identified as being beneficial”.

Mr Jordan said: “These involve repairing areas of minor damage as well as general works to improve the overall appearance of the chain.”

The Wisbech chain of office was provided by donations in 1883 at the instigation of Alderman W M Rust, the then mayor.


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At six and half pounds in weight the chain is said to be one of the heaviest made.

The clerk said councillors were told that there was an under spend in the mayor/civic expenses for 2013-14 “and from this information members concluded that funding of all the repair and enhancement works is possible”.

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