The mace, robes and the chains and badges of office used by the Mayor, Mayoress, Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayoress are collectively known as the Civic Insignia and are symbols of the authority of the Civic Office the Mayor holds. The London Borough of Ealing insignia were made by Fattorini in 1966 following the amalgamation of Acton, Ealing and Southall in 1965.
The robes and mace are normally used only for Civic occasions, one of the few exceptions being school visits when the Mayor will take the insignia and the macebearer along to local schools to talk to the children about the mayoralty. Amongst the insignia is a child-sized robe and badge which were kindly donated by Councillor Julia Clements-Elliott during her year as Mayor in 1997/98. This insignia is also taken on school visits to give the children an opportunity to experience what it is like to wear the robes and chain.
The older insignia from Acton, Ealing and Southall is displayed in a cabinet in Ealing Town Hall close to the Mayor's Parlour. This insignia is occasionally removed and worn by the Mayor for special events. Normally each set of insignia will be used once a year at Civic services in different areas of the borough.
The armorial bearings retain the historical background of the three original boroughs: Ealing, Acton and Southall.
The mace is a symbol of the mayor's authority as the first citizen of the borough.