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When is a Mayor, a Mare?
by B. A. Llewellyn
Length: 190 words

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When is a Mayor, a Mare?

The Baroness Trumpington of Sandwich, in the County of Kent, England, is Jean Alys Barker who was also the Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food from 1989 to 1992.  She was sixty-nine at the time, which gives her the record for being the oldest female minister in British Parliament.  The Baroness displays a delightful sense of humour, as she recounts this experience from her past …

“When I was the Mayor of Cambridge I visited the National Stud in Newmarket.  The Director told me I could safely go into any of the stallions’ boxes.  I was happily patting the stallion of my choice when rather strange things started to happen.

The Director put his head over the box and said, “Are you wearing scent?  Because if you are, you must come straight out of there.  When the stallions aren’t interested we put scent on the mares.”

Hurrying out of the box, I replied with as much dignity as I could muster, “Not only am I wearing scent – but I am a Mayor.”

Baroness Trumpington was made a Dame Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in 2005.

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