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Mayors and Chairmen - general information

In borough councils, the councillors choose a Mayor to act as presiding officer and to perform civic ceremonial duties.

The Mayor represents the borough at ceremonial and social events, meets important visitors, and chairs council meetings. Their role is non-political and they cannot make decisions about council business. Mayors wear a gold chain of office and a red robe on special civic occasions, and a badge of office at other engagements.

In district councils there is a Chairman of the Council instead of a Mayor. They also perform similar functions to a Mayor including chairing full council meetings but do not have formal ceremonial robes.

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