THE next Mayor of Lancaster officially donned her robes at a special ceremony on Friday, May 11.
Coun Sheila Denwood took over as the Right Worshipful the Mayor of the City of Lancaster 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 at the Priory Church for a church blessing and service at 11.30am.
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 for blind charity champion Tony Kimpton.
Tony, from the city, has had severe sight loss since birth and has overcome a range of challenges and difficulties and 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.