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Delight as ceremonial role goes to Flint stalwart

Published date: 13 June 2014 |
Published by: Jamie Nield-Siddall 
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A LOYAL servant of his town’s community life is proud to have been handed a new job with a nod to centuries of tradition.

Flint town councillor Jack Johnson said he was delighted to take over the historic role of Flint Mace Bearer.

He is no stranger to carrying the 18th century ornamental object, having stepped into the ceremonial role as cover in recent years.

Now, he said, he is proud to officially become mace bearer.

Cllr Johnson was formally appointed to the post at this week’s Flint Town Council meeting.

The ornate silver mace dates back to 1739 and is carried at community events, including town festivals and Armistice Day celebrations. Its carrier usually dons ceremonial robes.

Cllr Johnson takes over from Joyce Parry, 76, who was the official mace bearer for almost 15 years.

Her ability to walk with the mace was affected by ill health in later years, when Cllr Johnson stepped in.

“I have been doing it out of the kindness of my heart for the past four to five years,” he said.

“I have done the parades, Remembrance Sunday and marched all the way around the town. I also always organise the parades. I’m delighted to be officially appointed.”

Cllr Alex Aldridge said the town council was in full support of Cllr Johnson taking on the role.

“He is the person who has the necessary qualities to take on the role,” he said.

“He is an ex-serviceman and he has spent a long time with the Royal British Legion. He has also been a long-standing councillor.”

Last year 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.”

Flint has the oldest town charter of any town in Wales, dating back to 1284.

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