Former Chichester macebearer dies aged 75

John Fogden as Macebearer at a civic event in 2008.
John Fogden as Macebearer at a civic event in 2008.

Former Chichester head custodian and macebearer John Fogden died on Monday morning, aged 75.

As bearer of the city’s silver-gilt mace, Mr Fogden was known to enjoy his long-standing duty of carrying the antique to Chichester Cathedral in the annual ‘Mace Day’ procession.

John Fogden as Macebearer in a civic procession with the two Mayor's Constables.

John Fogden as Macebearer in a civic procession with the two Mayor's Constables.

He was employed by Chichester City Council in 1988 and retired in 2006, although he went on to assist the council with casual custodian duties in retirement, eventually stepping down from macebearing in 2015.

In a message to councillors, city clerk Rodney Duggua wrote: “John polishing his uniform brass buttons on a ‘Mace Day’ was one of those unchanging city council routines. John performed many other duties for the city council quietly, effectively and with great dedication and kindness. He was very proud of the history of the city and the role he played.”

Details of a funeral service have yet to be confirmed.

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