Call for change to mayor’s title

2001 Walking of the May Fair: Mayor Rae Huntly and Sheriff John Mole

2001 Walking of the May Fair: Mayor Rae Huntly and Sheriff John Mole

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A former Mayor of Berwick has called for a centuries-old title to be reinstated.

Rae Huntly says the current title for Berwick’s chief citizen of Town Mayor should be replaced by the ancient His Worshipful the Mayor of Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Mr Huntly, who was mayor in 2001/2, was speaking at Tweedmouth’s old folks supper of which he is president.

He said: “What is the new title all about?

“It sounds like something from Camberwick Green.

“As a former mayor, and one of more than 700 who proudly bore the old title, I feel it needs to be brought back. Berwick is third in the predence table behind London and York.

“We should be talking up Berwick and keeping something which has been in place for hundreds of years. We should not be lowering the tone.”

Current mayor Isabel Hunter replied that during her year in office, she and the other members of the civic party had been striving to uphold the long-standing traditions of the role.

They had visited many villages as well as representing Berwick at the memorable Flodden 500th anniversary commemorations.

She had also visited care homes and hospitals during the festive period and she regularly met the older generation. She spoke about how good it was to talk to them and learn from them.

Councillor Jim Smith, another former mayor, backed Mr Huntly’s comments.

He added that it was worth noting that Berwick was the only town in Northumberland with a sheriff.

The supper attracted a capacity crowd. More on page 23.

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