New Lord Mayor and Sheriff for Norwich

Judith Lubbock, the new Lord Mayor of Norwich. Photo by Simon Finlay

Judith Lubbock, the new Lord Mayor of Norwich. Photo by Simon Finlay - Credit: Archant Norfolk

Norwich's new Lord Mayor and Sheriff have taken up their posts after they were formally elected at the annual mayor making ceremony in City Hall this afternoon.

William Armstrong, the new Sheriff of Norwich. Picture: Denise Bradley

William Armstrong, the new Sheriff of Norwich. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2012

The new Lord Mayor is Judith Lubbock, Liberal Democrat councillor for Eaton since 1995, who becomes the city's 15th female Lord Mayor.

Former Norfolk coroner William Armstrong, who retired in September last year, has been made the new Sheriff of Norwich.

The pair put on their robes and chains of the office for the first time at the ceremony held at City Hall this afternoon.

Mrs Lubbock said: 'It's a great honour to become Lord Mayor of the fine city of Norwich, which has been my home for the last 25 years.

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With a history of Mayors dating back centuries, I'm proud to be given this responsibility, becoming the 15th female Lord Mayor since 1909.

'I'm very much looking forward to the year ahead as an exciting adventure, an opportunity to discover the people and places which make up this fine city and a chance to have some fun along the way.

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'I want to do all I can to promote the city as a walking and cycling city, a city of historic parks and green open spaces and a city with an important built historical heritage.

'I am looking forward to all the events and special occasions this year, including the Lord Mayor's Celebrations in July.'

The new Lord Mayor and Sheriff also announced that their chosen Civic Charity appeal for the year is Cruse Bereavement Care, which provides advice, information and support to anyone who has been bereaved.

Bridget Cooke, chairman of Cruse Bereavement Care (Norwich and Central Norfolk), which is based in St Augustine's Street in Norwich, said: ''We are thrilled and excited to be chosen as the Civic Charity.

'People often think that we at Norwich Cruse are surrounded by sadness - quite the contrary - it's about bringing happiness, hope, and a positive future back into the lives of bereaved people.

'Often by helping just one person it has an effect on those surrounding them: their families, friends and work colleagues - it ripples into the wider community.

'This is achieved by a team of hardworking, dedicated and well trained volunteers. Funds raised will enable us to continue our one to one support, and our telephone support, to reach even more local people who need help.'

New Lord Mayor Mrs Lubbock said: 'Bereavement touches most of us at some time in our lives and for Cruse to be there for us to provide the services that it does in terms of advice, information and support from trained, experienced volunteers is wonderful and I want to do all I can in my civic year to support them in their work.'

At a reception after the meeting, the outgoing civic charity, Leeway was presented with a cheque for just under £13,000, the total raised through the 2013-14 appeal.

Mandy Proctor, chief executive for Leeway, which supports victims of domestic abuse, said: 'We would like to say a big thank you for everyone's support to us as the Norwich civic charity appeal over the past year.

'We appreciate the time, energy and funds that have been donated towards our cause, and hope you'll continue to support us in the future.'

Thanks were given to outgoing Lord Mayor. Lakenham Labour councillor Keith Driver and Sheriff Graham Creelman, former managing director at Anglia Television.

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