Charnwood’s mayoral chains were handed over virtually last night as Cllr David Snartt became the 47th first citizen of the borough.
The virtual mayor-making was streamed during Charnwood Borough Council’s Annual Council meeting on Monday, 29 June.
The Conservative councillor for Forest Bradgate will serve alongside his Mayoress, wife Joan.
The Mayor said: “After being a councillor for 17 years I realise how important the role of Mayor is to the people of Charnwood.
“I will do my very best to uphold the excellent contribution past Mayors have given to this Borough.
“I believe this will be a challenging time not only for our Council, but for many residents during this coming year, I commit to help in any way I can.”
The Mayor of Charnwood normally attends up to 500 events per year, but since March all engagements have been cancelled or postponed. The Mayor will continue to represent the borough and citizens at official engagements, whether they are socially-distanced or virtual.
Cllr Snartt was first elected to the council in 2003 and currently sits on the Plans Committee. From 2005 to 2017 he also served as a County Councillor for the Bradgate division and on retiring from the role was made an Honorary Alderman.
Loros and Admiral Nurses have been chosen as the 2020-21 Mayoral charities.
The appointment of Cllr Snartt sees an end to the Mayoral year of Cllr Brenda Seaton.
Cllr Seaton said: “What an amazing year it has been.
“I need to thank the people of Charnwood, without them being Mayor would be a dull job, with them we have a borough filled with people making it more interesting, more friendly, more equal. And we have a borough filled with music, dance art and friendship, ambition and hope.”
Cllr Paul Baines was also appointed as Deputy Mayor.