The power of the Mayor has diminished throughout the centuries but the office continues to have a central part to play within modern Councils. It is a role steeped in tradition and ceremony.
The Mayor represents the Authority and its area, with it's insignia on the chains of office. The Mayor connects the present day with history and acts as a symbol of continuity.
Prior to the twentieth century the choice of Mayor was in reality very restricted, but today the First Citizen can (and does) come from any class, gender or ethnic background. This new diversity reflects the more open and democratic society we now live in.
The many engagements undertaken by the Mayor act as a link between the various groups and organisations in the town. The Mayor can share the views and concerns of the community with the Council. The Mayor can also take the Council’s message out into the community and work towards achieving the Council’s social, educational and economic aims.