New Serjeant-at-Mace needed to serve Wells
The search for a new Serjeant-at-Mace is continuing after no one has applied to take over the ancient role.
Gill Weatherhead is stepping down later this year after 30 years of service to the city.
At the council's staffing committee town clerk Felicity White said: "We'veve had a little bit of interest but no actual applications so far.
Chairman of the committee, Councillor Gordon Wilson, asked: "Is the lack of applications a cause for concern?"
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Ms White said: "I think people need to think about it and quietly ask friends about it. That is probably going on now."
The serjeant's duties range from acting as usher to receiving official guests at civic occasions held by the city council, usually in the town hall, assisting in the smooth running of the practical side of such events, taking charge of visitors' coats, serving refreshments to guests, to accompanying the city council procession on occasions such as royal visits, church services and other events.
Serjeants-at-Mace carry out their duties suitably dressed and are robed in a traditional outfit, which is provided by the council.
The post is voluntary but comes with an honorarium of £600, paid annually.
For further details and an application form contact Felicity White, the town clerk, by writing to Wells City Council, Town Hall, Market Place, Wells, Somerset BA5 2RB or calling 01749 673091.