Swapping the chains of office in North Norfolk proves a hefty task

New chairman Richard Shepherd presenting former chairman John Lee with a bottle of rum as he bows ou

New chairman Richard Shepherd presenting former chairman John Lee with a bottle of rum as he bows out at meeting: Pictures: Andreas Yiasimi - Credit: Archant

The new chairman of North Norfolk District Council said it was 'quite humbling' to take on the role.

New chairman Richard Shepherd, right, and new vice-chairman Roy Reynolds: Pictures: Andreas Yiasimi

New chairman Richard Shepherd, right, and new vice-chairman Roy Reynolds: Pictures: Andreas Yiasimi - Credit: Archant

Richard Shepherd became the new chairman at a full council meeting on Wednesday, May 24.

His predecessor John Lee, who bowed out at the meeting, said it had been 'the best year' of his life.

The new vice-chairman of the council is Roy Reynolds, who takes over from Mr Shepherd.

Mr Shepherd said: 'It's quite humbling. If I can do half as well as John, I will be well satisfied. I will now be representing all of us in North Norfolk.'


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He said that, in the light of the Manchester bombing, he had chosen two charities for the year to fundraise for, that protected children.

He added: 'They will be East Anglia Children's Hospices and Nelson's Journey.'

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Mr Lee said: 'I cannot believe it's been a year. It's been a pleasure and an honour and the best year of my life.'

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