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Middlesbrough Council, Middlesbrough Town Hall, and Middlesbrough's Mayor

The Council Chamber

Middlesbrough's Council Chamber is located in the Town Hall, and is decorated with a rich toned oak. At the east and west ends of the room, there are two very handsome Baronial-style chimney pieces made of polished Carlisle marble. The hoods are supported by two Frosterley Marble columns.

The Council Chamber has a glass roof which, over the years, has been covered to protect it. However, in addition to the light which would originally have been obtained from the roof, the Chamber is further lit by a large, handsome oriel window. In the top of the window is a jubilee portrait of Queen Victoria, and on the right and left are the Arms of the County of York and of the Borough.

One of the finest features of the Chamber is the seating accommodation for Councillors, which is made of dark oak. The general public are seated on divan seats around the room.

Prior to council meetings, the Mace is placed before the Chair in the Council Chamber, with the crown of the Mace pointing to the party in control.

Above the Chair's chair and Alderman benches is a battle torn flag, which was presented by the 9th Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment. It hangs in a place of honour to remember the courage of the Middlesbrough volunteers who fought during the battle of the First World War. The flag cannot be restored and must be left to slowly deteriorate, as requested by the Yorkshire Regiment.

A photo of the council chamber showing the wooden seating and the torn flag given by the 9th Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment