The jolly chap pictured here is the ‘Sergeant at Mace’ and he carries Hedon’s silver-clad Great Mace.
Hedon’s Great Mace is the symbol of the monarch in Hedon. It shows to the world that the town’s Mayor is acting with royal authority. The Sergeant at Mace in historic times would also have the role of protecting the Mayor, but today’s Sergeant is a ceremonial role.
The Town Council also owns another silver mace, far more valuable and considered to be the oldest civic mace in the country.