A new Mayor of Charnwood has taken over the chains of office for 2018/19.
Councillor Christine Harris was appointed as the borough’s first citizen on Monday night (May 21) at the council’s annual meeting at Loughborough Town Hall.
Cllr Harris, the former Deputy Mayor, will attend around 500 events over the coming 12 months.
The Mayor said: “I am proud and honoured to have received the role of Mayor and am looking forward to this year when I can serve the residents of the borough of Charnwood.
“I have lived in Loughborough all my life and therefore know Charnwood very well.
“I have actively participated in the community life of the areas I have represented and I believe those centres are the backbone of local society.”
The Mayor, who has been a borough councillor for 23 years, has chosen two causes to support during her year of office. They are Sense, a national disability charity that began by supporting those who are deafblind, and the Woodland Trust, which protects and campaigns on behalf of this country’s woods, plants trees and restores ancient woodlands.
The Mayor will be supported during her year of office by Mayoress, Cynthia Bradley-Stevenson who has lived in Loughborough for most of her life.
Outgoing Mayor, Cllr Pauline Ranson supported two causes during her year of office, Myaware and Loughborough Wellbeing Café. A total of £12,621 was raised for the causes.
Cllr Ranson, who attended hundreds of community events with her consort, husband Trevor Ranson, said “I have had such a wonderful year and have met so many fantastic people in the Charnwood borough. We received a warm welcome everywhere we went and being the Mayor of Charnwood is a chance to discover how much great work goes in within our local communities.”
The Deputy Mayor of Charnwood for 2017/18 is Councillor Brenda Seaton who was also appointed at the annual council meeting. Cllr Seaton will be supported during her year of office by Deputy Mayoress Helen Johnson.