The Beadle leads local dignitaries to the Weighing the Mayor ceremony. At the start of his or term of office and again at the end is a custom unique to High Wycombe. It is thought the tradition started to ensure the mayor and other officials did not "live off the fat of the land" at the expense of the ratepayers. <br />
The weighing is held in the High Street on huge scales and various dignitaries are weighed in addition to the councillors. It is traditional for the crowd to jeer when the person is declared to weigh so many pounds "and some more" and for the crowd to cheer if it is "and no more". <br />
 My ref 1/736/1971
WEIGHING THE MAYOR HIGH WYCOMBE
The Beadle leads local dignitaries to the Weighing the Mayor ceremony. At the start of his or term of office and again at the end is a custom unique to High Wycombe. It is thought the tradition started to ensure the mayor and other officials did not "live off the fat of the land" at the expense of the ratepayers.
The weighing is held in the High Street on huge scales and various dignitaries are weighed in addition to the councillors. It is traditional for the crowd to jeer when the person is declared to weigh so many pounds "and some more" and for the crowd to cheer if it is "and no more".
My ref 1/736/1971

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