Mayor of High Wycombe

Traditions – other

Remembrance Sunday

The annual Remembrance Sunday Parade and service which is held in High Wycombe is arranged through the Mayor’s office and the Mayor, along with an Air Officer for Royal Air Force High Wycombe, takes the salute outside Iceland in the High Street prior to the wreath laying at the War Memorial outside All Saints’ Church.

Festival of Carols

On the first Sunday of December the Mayor and Charter Trustees present an annual celebration of Christmas with local choirs, schools and bands performing Christmas carols. This is hosted by the Wycombe Swan Theatre and there is one performance at 5.30pm. Tickets are available from the Box Office on 01494 512000 from the second week in October.

Freedom parades

7 Battalion The Rifles (formerly The Royal Green Jackets) and the Royal Air Force have both been granted Freedom of the Town and every four years they are entitled to hold a Freedom Parade when they have ‘the title, privilege, honour and distinction of marching through the streets of our loyal and ancient Borough of High Wycombe on all ceremonial occasions with swords drawn, bayonets fixed, bands and bugles playing and colours flying.’

Beating the Bounds

Beating the Bounds is an annual custom which died out in the 1920s. It was revived to commemorate the town’s 700th mayoral anniversary and Mayor Frances Alexander re-introduced it during her year of office in 1998-99. As part of her Mayor’s challenge, marker stones have been placed at the site of most of the boundary stones. It has now once again become an annual tradition. Historically, Beating the Bounds was carried out to mark the boundary of the town, to bless the crops in the fields and to bring people together in a spirit of friendship. One aspect of the tradition unique to High Wycombe is the ‘bumping box’. A small wooden box is kept in the Mayor’s parlour and used to bump boys against at various points on the route.

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Written by mayorsparlour

16 June 2010 at 8:49 am

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