Search begins for new Le Yeoman

The search is on for a new Le Yeoman to join the ceremonial staff of Penzance Town Council, following the resignation of its longest-serving post-holder earlier this year.

Derek Burstow, who has served as Le Yeoman to the Town Council for 26 years, resigned in February, and will be recognised for his long and outstanding service at next month’s Annual Town Council (Mayor Choosing).

Mr Burstow said: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being part of the ceremonial staff and serving Penzance Town Council; it’s been both an honour and a pleasure.

“But the time has come to step down and let someone younger take up the position, and I wish them every success in the role.”

First authorised by the “new” Charter awarded to Penzance in 1614, the Le Yeoman was appointed by the mayor to assist the “Serjeants at Mace” and was usually a police constable of their parish or chief police constable of their district.

In the early 19th century, the position was held by the Head Constable of the Borough, but subsequently fell into disuse, until it was revived again in 1933.

Now, the Le Yeoman is included in the town’s annual civic ceremonies, including the Annual Town Council (Mayor Choosing) and the Remembrance Sunday Parade, serving as attendant to the Mayor and assistant to the Mace Bearers.

Hester Hunt, Town Clerk, said: “Derek has been a valued member of our ceremonial staff for many years, and we’d like to thank him for his outstanding contribution and service.”

“We’re looking for a member of the community who would love the opportunity to be part of our ceremonial staff. It’s a role that’s been part of Penzance’s history since 1614, and we’d like to continue that tradition if we can and find someone who’ll take pride in carrying out the duties involved in supporting the Mayor and the Town Council.”

To find out more or discuss the requirements of the role in more detail, please contact Hester Hunt on 01736 363405 or email info@penzancetowncouncil.co.uk. Applications close at 5pm on Friday 17th May 2019.