Weighing the Mayor
On the third Saturday of May, the incoming and outgoing Mayors, along with the Mayoresses (or Mayors' consorts) are weighed at a public ceremony in the town centre. Wycombe is the only town in the country to have this custom. It is believed to date back to medieval times, but the custom died out and was revived in the nineteenth century at the suggestion of one of the town's Aldermen, C H Hunt.
The idea is to see whether the Mayor has gained weight at the taxpayers' expense during their year of office. The first modern ceremony was held in 1893 at the then weights and measures office in Paul's Row. The mayor at that time was one Cllr Edgerley, who weighed in at 18 stones 11 pounds, setting a record that took some years to beat.
The ceremony subsequently moved from the weights and measures office to the open space by the Guildhall, becoming a public performance. A tradition of cheering those who have lost weight and jeering at those who have gained weight developed. Nowadays the outgoing Mayor often goes on a crash diet during April, hoping to avoid the dreaded words "and some more!" followed by boos and jeers from the crowd.
The ceremony is now held on a Saturday morning, with sidestalls and other entertainment as well.
One of the first things I did when I arrived in Wycombe was get a Library card. They have access to computers and Internet, as well as a wide selection of cheap movies you can borrow. (I think its around 1.50 pound)
The selection of books is adequate, and there are archives available to read through on the upper level of the Library.
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Wine and alcohol is a big part of the English cuture....so whenever there was a school party the Gaps would make the most of the free wine...
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