Mayor of Kilvey & Foxhole

 

Mayor of Kilvey & Foxhole

 

After many meetings at the ‘Lamb and Flag’ with Capt Francis in the chair (who himself was a proper ‘Know All’) one of the best characters would be chosen, after the vote had been voiced at the ‘Rifleman Inn’, the ‘Swan Inn’ the ‘Smiths Arms’ and the Ship Inn, and with the approval of all the Pubs, (Kilvey Church did not come into this, the Vicar was not even asked, and took no part at all.) The character would be sworn in, and on a fixed date which was always decided to suit the convenience of all Pubs, it would generally take place on a Sat night. First of all a big horse had to be brought from Tyrgwl Farm (an old quiet one) as the new Mayo was got ready you must understand that this was a big occasion as the Mayor of Foxhole and Kilvey was ‘Mounted’ the horse now outside the Ship Inn with his shining brasses on his Bridle (no saddle for the Mayor a bare back rider) then he would be brought out (now half drunk and lifted on to the horse, a procession would now form to parade Foxhole and Kilvey there would a cheering crowd outside every pub and a halt & Pint handed to the Mayor from the landlord of each, by the time the last pub was reached another man was lifted on to the horse, to hold him from falling off, after the halt and the last pint handed up amidst a big crowd, many now had arrived from Pentrechwyth, with children by the hundred with blackened faces and great cheering the installation was over for another year. The Mayor taken home, the horse taken back with many thanks and a great day ends.