THE next Mayor of Lancaster officially donned her robes at a special ceremony on Friday.
Coun Sheila Denwood took over as mayor from Coun Paul Woodruff in front of a packed Ashton Hall in Lancaster.
Coun Denwood has represented the Scotforth West ward for Labour for 17 years.
As mayor, Coun Denwood will be supported throughout her special year by her daughter Tina, as mayoress, and her husband Maurice, as consort.
A mayoral procession took place on Sunday, May 13 to the Priory Church for a church blessing and service.
Coun Denwood’s mayoral charities for the forthcoming year are Help for Heroes, Lancaster and Morecambe Royal British Legions and Arthritis Research.
She said: “My work as a councillor is extremely important to me, and I hope I can balance this with my duties as mayor, which I hope to be able to perform with dignity, humour and elegance.”
Deputy mayor and mayoress for the forthcoming year are Coun Robert Redfern and his wife Linda.
The ceremony also included the admission, as an Honorary Freeman of the city of Lancaster, of Tony Kimpton. Tony was born in Lancaster and still lives in his home city.
He has had a severe sight loss since birth, and has overcome a range of challenges and difficulties.
Tony, who recently retired from Galloway’s Society for the Blind and the Lancashire Youth Service after 40 years, was nominated by Lancaster City Council in recognition of his work with both organisations, and also his inspiration and encouragement of many other young people, despite the loss of his sight.
A delighted Tony said: “I got the letter of invitation in September and it came as quite a surprise, but I will be delighted to accept the award. It is an honour to receive that locally.”
His work at Galloway’s Society for the Blind has resulted in the society being able to offer an unprecedented service to more than 1,400 blind and visually impaired people, which is considered by those at Galloway’s to be a direct result of Tony’s efforts.