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Monday, 16 August 2010

Tributes paid to former mace-bearer

Sutton Council’s former mace-bearer has died at the age of 71.

Richard Beale, who served in the role for 15 years and received the MBE in January 2004 for services to local government, passed away on Wednesday 11 August.

During his time as mace-bearer, he served 17 mayors and attended more than 400 engagements across the borough every year.

Sutton Council Leader, Cllr Sean Brennan, said: “Richard had great dedication to duty and was always willing to go that extra mile to ensure that outside engagements ran smoothly.

He ensured that our mayors carried out their role with due ceremony and dignity for the office, while providing a friendly face to the many local groups he met on a daily basis.

He carried out his duties with a quiet grace and good humour and was extremely well respected by all councillors, regardless of political party.”

Cllr Brennan added: “The post of mace bearer involves working long, unsociable hours, which Richard cheerfully undertook, ensuring that all of our mayors received an extremely high level of care and support.”

Before his role with the council, Mr Beale, from Belmont, worked as a railway station supervisor.

Historically, the role of the mace bearer was to protect the mayor against attacks.

In more modern times, it became a ceremonial post involving assisting and advising mayors on their official duties.
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