JOBS are hard to come by these days.
But one volunteer role with a nod to centuries of ceremonials is now up for grabs – even if the lucky candidate won’t get paid for doing it.
The bearer of Flint’s historic town mace is retiring from her role after 15 years in the position.
Joyce Parry, 76, has borne the ornate silver object, which dates back to 1739, at countless community events over her lengthy period in the role – including Armistice Day celebrations and at Flint festivals.
Now after hanging up the mace for the last time, she described the experience as “a privilege”.
Now town councillors are on the look out for a replacement.
Cllr Lorna Jones made the mace plea, pointing out Flint’s rich role in Welsh history.
“Flint is the oldest charter town in Wales, dating from 1284,” she said.
“Anyone interested in the role should get in touch.”
Mrs Parry said: “Flint has a long history and the mace is part of the town’s fabric. I do feel quite privileged to have been the mace-bearer and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it.
“It has been part of my life for the last 15 years and I’ll miss it because it was a great thing to have done.”
The mace, which is 26 inches long, consists of a pole divided into two lengths by a central knob.
Its cup-shaped head is surrounded by a scalloped circlet or cresting, rising from which are plain and narrow flattened arches forming a crown.
On the flat top of the head are the royal arms of William and Mary. But despite its appearance the mace is deceptively light.
“Everyone asks me if it is heavy but it’s as light as a feather,” Mrs Parry revealed.
“The tradition is that the Mayor of Flint does not go out in their robes without the mace being present.”
Henry Taylor, in his book Historic Notices of Flint, says the mace was probably presented to the town by Flintshire born Welsh politician and former Flint MP Sir Roger Mostyn.
Along with the mace are the ceremonial robes which can be worn by the bearer.
However Mrs Parry says she preferred to wear a black uniform with a frill shirt and white gloves when performing her duties.
“At any big event in Flint the mace is usually there,” added the former Royal British Legion standard-bearer.
Anyone who would like to register an interest in becoming Flint’s new official mace-bearer should contact the town hall or call Cllr Jones on 07747 655829.