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Portrait of former Mayor of Charnwood revealed

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A college student has painted a portrait of a former Mayor of Charnwood and presented it to the borough council.

Talented Catherine Hewitt, who studied at Loughborough College, was asked to carry out the work by the Council and it may kick-start a tradition to have paintings of all mayors.

The portrait of Cllr Pauline Ranson, who was mayor in 2017/18, has recently been handed over and it is now in pride of place in the Council’s Southfield Road office.

After seeing her portrait for the first time, Cllr Ranson said: “I felt a little nervous before the unveiling as it’s not every day you see a painting of yourself but I was delighted with the finished product.

“The portrait is a result of Catherine’s hard work and dedication to the commission and I’m sure she has a bright future ahead of her as an up and coming artist.

“Hopefully this hand-painted portrait will be the first of many, bringing back a tradition which was used many years ago to acknowledge a Mayor’s time in the civic office.”

John Doherty chief executive officer at Loughborough College said: “It was wonderful that Charnwood Borough Council came to Loughborough College with this commission, which reinforces more than a century of strong civic links between the College and the town.

“Cat has created an outstanding portrait of the former Mayor and it was great to see such a positive reaction from Cllr Ranson when Cat presented it to her. We feel doubly privileged to learn that the Council has chosen to return to Loughborough College to commission a portrait of the current Mayor.”

Portraits of the Mayor were traditionally hand painted but later replaced by photographs.