Mayor of Newport

Mayor of Newport

The Mayor of Newport (full style The Right Worshipful the Mayor of the City of Newport) is the civic figurehead and first citizen of the city of Newport in the United Kingdom. The position is now largely ceremonial, but it still has high-profile rôle in maintaining and promoting the interests of the city and its people. The Local Government Act 1972 states that as chairman of the City Council, the Mayor shall have precedence in the city over all but members of the Royal Family or the Lord Lieutenant, representing the Royal Family.

The mayor for municipal year 2011-12, Councillor Mrs Margaret Cornelius, is the 379th recorded Mayor of Newport. The first mayor is recorded as Ralph Dery, who took up office in 1314. The role was then left unrecorded until 1401, when Roger Thomas held office.

One of the most famous mayors of Newport was John Frost in 1836, who less than four years later was condemned to death for treason, for his involvement in the Chartist uprising. The sentence was later commuted to transportation for life.

In 1856 John Frost was given a full pardon and returned to Newport. Several mayors have, over the years, held office for more than one term.

The Mayoral Chains of Office

The Coat of arms of the City forms an integral part of the Mayoral Chains, of which there are two, one for the Mayor and one for the Mayoress. The Mayor’s chain consists of an original chain and detachable medallion depicting the shield surmounted by the cherub, which was the original Coat of Arms of the County Borough of Newport before the supporters were added. This original chain and medallion were presented to the Corporation for the use of Mayors of the Borough on the 9th November 1886 by Edwin James Grice, the then Mayor of Newport. Mounted on either side of the centre medallion are the medallions of the former Caerleon Urban District Council, and Magor and St Mellons Rural District Council. These two authorities were merged into Newport in 1974.

Mayoral Car

The Mayor and Mayoress have use of the Mayoral Car for all official engagements. The Mayoral Car has changed over the years, but always carries the number plate NDW 1, where '"DW" are the original registration letters for Newport Corporation. NDW 1 indicates the first registration in the N series of registrations; N in this instance presumably also indicating Newport.

As of 2008 the Mayoral car is a 3.2-litre automatic Jaguar XJ8. Previous cars included a stretched Ford Granada.


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