Gallery: Mayor making ceremony in King’s Lynn

Scenes from the King's Lynn and West Norfolk Mayor making 2016 - New Mayor David Whitby gets his cha

Scenes from the King's Lynn and West Norfolk Mayor making 2016 - New Mayor David Whitby gets his chain of office from Colin Manning. Picture: Matthew Usher.

David Whitby, a borough councillor for Clenchwarton, became this year's Mayor and Chairman of the Council during the formal civic service.

He has lived in Norfolk all his life, working as a chef at a number of locations including the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where he was Head Chef for 41 years.

The mayor's charity this year will be the Lavender Hill Mob theatre group.

Carol Bower, a Hunstanton borough councillor, will serve as his deputy.

At the ceremony. three former west Norfolk councillors also became Honorary Aldermen, a status that recognises their contribution and service to the local authority.

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John Loveless, Tony Lovett and Trevor Manley stepped down last year having between them served 54 years at West Norfolk Council.

Mr Manley served as borough mayor between 2004-2005 during his time as a councillor.

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Mr Lovett, who served as a councillor for 16 years, said: 'It was such an honour to have been nominated to become an Honorary Alderman. Serving as a councillor was such a rewarding occupation and I'm delighted to support the civic office in any way I possibly can.'

Their duties will include supporting the mayor, and stepping whenever needed at important civic functions.

Mr Loveless, who is a recycling campaigner, served as a councillor for 20 years.

He said: 'The role is a huge commitment and it is wonderful to be recognised. As a very passionate recycling campaigner as well, I'm very pleased to be able to still have a connection with the council to continue my efforts in that area as well.'

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