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WEIGHING THE MAYOR HIGH WYCOMBE BUCKINGHAMSHIRE 1970S

Weighing the Mayor ( Mr Victor Lay ) 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 7/736/1974
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TRADITIONAL FOLKLORE ANNUAL CUSTOMS AND ANNUAL VILLAGE TRADITIONS 1970S UK
Weighing the Mayor ( Mr Victor Lay ) 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...
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Date: 2 Mar 2015
Location: HIGH WYCOMBE BUCKINGHAMSHIRE UK
Credit: Homer Sykes
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