070603.Bath, Today’s Procession

June 3, 2007 at 11:46 AM | Posted in Actors in Period Costumes, Bath, Columns, doorways, Ionic Order, Overcast, people, somerset | 7 Comments

Mayoral Procession Part 1 of 3: From the Guildhall, Around the Abbey, Into the Abbey

TODAY I saw a mayoral procession from the Guildhall to the West Door of the Abbey. They marched just as I had earlier reported that they would. (Reminds me of the one at the beginning of each Peabody’s Improbably History Segment) I’ll try and find out what was going on. Anyone know? (Perhaps they’re celebrating this site hitting 30,000 visitors today!)
The mayor is in red, although the term only lasts one year. The red-clad figure is not Mayor Paradise, which must mean her term has expired. Note the fur-clad figures in front of the mayor-in-red holding the golden expensive maces topped with crowns; these are historic weapons to smash the head in of anyone threatening the mayor and her expensive necklace. Bath is quite unique among cities since all mayoral processions are entitled to one one mace but Bath gets TWO. Also, the term of the Bath Mayor only lasts for one year. I’m not sure what the police are carrying. Perhaps Bath gets to have two sets of two maces. Or perhaps the police are just feeling particularly violent today (the constant overcast environment does that to you now and again).
Bath has a new mayor now, our 780th!: The Right Worshipful The Mayor of Bath, Councillor Mrs Sharon Ball! And the theme for this year has been decreed as “Caring.” As usual, brace yourselves for the ruthless change.

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