Mayoral Protocol

Mayor and MayoressThe Mayor is the representative of the Crown, and as such is First Citizen and also Chairman of the Council. He is the principal ambassador of the Council and usually attends a full diary of events at the invitation of local citizens.

This page will provide you with some information and guidance on the protocol to follow when the Mayor attends your event. This will help to ensure that the occasion runs as smoothly as possible and you get the most out of your time with the Mayor.

Formal announcements

Mayor: Councillor Noel Barrett-Morton, Mayor of Marlborough (or Town Mayor)

Mayor and Mayoress: Councillor Noel Barrett-Morton, Mayor of Marlborough (or Town Mayor) and Mayoress Mrs Barrett-Morton

Mayor and Consort: Councillor Noel Barrett-Morton, Mayor of Marlborough (or Town Mayor) and Mr/Mrs….

Deputy Mayor: Councillor Mervyn Hall, Deputy Mayor of Marlborough

Deputy Mayor and Mayoress: Councillor Mervyn Hall, Deputy Mayor of Marlborough and Deputy Mayoress Mrs Hall

Forms of address

Once the Mayor/Deputy Mayor has been formally introduced, it is acceptable to use the following address:

When addressing the Mayor: Mr Mayor

In the case of the Mayoress: Mrs Barrett-Morton

When addressing the Deputy Mayor: Mr Deputy Mayor

In the case of the Deputy Mayoress: Mrs Hall

Receiving the Mayor

It is reassuring if the Mayor is met by someone on arrival and shown to his seat. It is also helpful if somebody can accompany the Mayor (even if a Consort is in attendance) throughout the event; however this is not always essential.

Precedence

Except for the Royal Family, or the Lord Lieutenant of the County, the Mayor has precedence over other persons in the Town. (If a Royal Occasion, then the High Sheriff and the Chairman of The Wiltshire Council may also precede but that can be discussed). For traditional Mayoral events within the Town then there is a local agreement that the Mayor may have precedence. This is local practice which can be discussed if there is doubt.

Unless in the chair, the Mayor should be seated on the immediate right of the Chairman or other person presiding, except when those who have precedence are also present when the Mayor should be seated on the immediate left.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the Civic Secretary, Mrs Linda Chapman on 01672 512487 or lindachapman@marlborough-tc.gov.uk if you have any other questions or queries regarding protocol.

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