Excerpts from the mayor-making ceremony in Southend-on-Sea. This was the final election of a mayor to Southend as a county borough. After this date, Southend became part of a local district council, until it became a unity authority in 1998.
The ceremony includes: [00:00:] Introduction by Edward Haley. [00:43:] Opening prayer (part). [01:07:] Nomination of Alderman Geoffrey Baum, by Councillor Andy Wright (part). [02:18] Seconding the nomination with reference to Mrs Joyce Baum who will act as Mayoress, by Councillor Anne Goodman (part). [03:03] Declaration of Baum as mayor. [03:36] Baum’s oath and speech (part).
Mayors continue to be elected to serve Southend. How much has the ceremony changed? And how much have the local issues facing the mayor changed?
This was recorded by Edward Haley, who recorded a number of civic events in Southend and Basildon in the 1970s and 1980s. You can listen to the full recording on our Soundcloud account.