The 774th Mayor of Northampton has been officially appointed during a ceremony at The Guildhall.
Councillor John Caswell has taken over from Councillor Les Marriott (Labour, Semilong), who is stepping down after a year when he has attended 461 engagements and raised £11,000 for charity.
Councillor Caswell said it was a “great privilege” to take up the role of mayor at an “exciting time” in the town’s development.
He said: “I have always believed that you only get out of life what you put in, so I have always worked to serve the community and to support people.
“My wife Cheryl and I are very much looking forward to being the Mayor and Mayoress of Northampton: to meeting many new people, to promoting the town and to raising money to buy a much-needed scanner to help babies treated at Gosset Ward at Northampton General Hospital.”
Councillor Caswell’s deputy will be Councillor Penny Flavell (Con, Rushmills).
At the start of the mayor making ceremony on Thursday, a two-minute silence was held in memory of former Labour leader Terry Wire who died on Wednesday.
Outgoing mayor Councillor Les Marriott. who became leader days before Councillor Wire’s death, said it was a “time of great sadness” from him after the loss of his friend.
Councillor Marriott said: “He was a person who was dedicated to public service for many years.
“He was a true fighter. He battled with his long term illness right until the end.”
Tributes were also paid to Councillor Wire by the leader of the council, David Mackintosh, and the leader of the Liberal Democrats, Sally Beardsworth.