Lord Mayor of Chester carries out historic river inspection
31 August 2016The annual inspection of the River Dee has been carried out by the Lord Mayor of Chester, Councillor Angela Claydon, who is also Admiral of the Dee.
The title dates back to 1354 when admiralty powers were granted to the mayor by the Black Prince and an annual inspection is undertaken so that any issues can be addressed.
When on the river, the Admiral of the Dee is accompanied by a miniature silver oar which was presented in the 17th century and is called the Water Bailiff’s Oar.
There are only 21 Lord Mayors in England and the Chester title of Admiral of the Dee is unique.
The Lord Mayor said: “It was a great honour to invoke the title of Admiral of the Dee with dates back to the middle of the 1300’s. Chester at that time was second only to the River Thames as a busy port. The title of Admiral of the Dee was bestowed on the mayor because the Black Prince was Earl of Chester, and this was one way for the King to increase income paid as duty and taxes from river users. I am proud to continue the tradition and bear the ancient title of Admiral of the Dee on behalf of the City of Chester”
The Lord Mayor was accompanied by the Lady Mayoress, Mrs Sally Burgess, and her family. Also in attendance was Rebecca Archer, representing the Sea Cadets, and members of the Environmental team from Cheshire West and Chester Council, who carried out the formal inspection of the river.
The Lord Mayor of Chester, Councillor Angela Claydon, carries out the inspection of the River Dee with Rebecca Archer, from the Sea Cadets, and Lady Mayoress, Sally Burgess