A BOOK detailing the history of one of Durham’s oldest institutions has been presented to the city’s library.

The City of Durham Mayor’s ceremonial bodyguard has presented a Minute book, including information about historical events taking place in the city, to Clayport Library.

The records, which date back to the Second World War, are available in the historical reference section of the library and are available for public viewing.

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The bodyguard is the second oldest in the country after London and was properly established in 1602 when the first mayor of Durham was appointed.

Initially, its function was to collect taxes. Today, the role is ceremonial and members dress in long black cloaks and Tudor style hats, which are worn at events including the annual mayor making ceremony.