Issued by City of York Council
The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor of York and the Civic Party will be opening the doors of the Mansion House on Tuesday 27 August from 11am-3pm for the first ‘At Home’ event of the year.
The traditional ‘At Home’ events give members of the public a chance to view the historic Mansion House that was built in 1732. The public will also be able to speak with the members of the civic party and discuss their role in the city.
The ceremonial handing over of the staff of office is also a traditional part of the first ‘At Home’ event of the year.
The staff will be passed from the Sheriff’s Lady to the Lord Mayor’s Consort. The staff is presented to the Sheriff’s Lady on Lord Mayor’s Day.
The current staff was presented by a former Alderman Towne, in 1726. It was for the Sheriff’s Lady to use on the Sheriff to keep him in order, and passed over to the Lady Mayoress/Lord Mayor’s Consort to keep the Lord Mayor in order for the rest of the year.
During the open day, representatives of the Lord Mayor and Sheriff’s charities will be providing information on the work they do in the local community and providing refreshments for people to enjoy for a little longer the delightful Georgian surroundings.
The Lord Mayor and Sheriff’s charities this year are IDAS York (Independent Domestic Abuse Services) and the Jack Raine Community Foundation.
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