The Mayor and Civic Regalia
The Mayoral year runs from the middle of each May. By law, each year the Council elects one of its members to be the Chairman of the Council for the year: the Chairman automatically becomes the Mayor. A deputy chairman is also elected, who becomes the Deputy Mayor. They represent Tadcaster both within the town and elsewhere. Each is often accompanied by their consort. The Mayor, the Mayoress or Mayor’s consort, the Deputy Mayor, and the Deputy Mayoress or consort, are entitled to wear the civic regalia, or ‘chains of office’.
The Mayor’s chain of office includes the official badge of Tadcaster Town Council. It shows the bridge over the River Wharfe, the town's links with brewing and agriculture, the White Rose of Yorkshire and one of the three swans which symbolise Selby, seat of the District Council.