However, the office of Mayor continues to have a central part to play in modern councils and modern society and many of the traditions of the past are featured today.
There are three important roles for the Mayor in today’s local authority and society:
As a symbol of authority - robes, chains, etc. speak of authority. The Mayor speaks for the whole Borough and gives identity to the Borough
As a symbol of an open society - any class, religion, etc.
As an expression of social cohesion - acts as a link between many organisations