A NEW Mayor of Morpeth has been sworn in.
Morpeth town councillor Phil Taylor took over the chains of office from outgoing Mayor Ken Brown at a ceremony at the Town Hall last week.
The hand-over was watched by fellow members, friends and representatives from local community organisations.
Coun Taylor said: “I was honoured and delighted to be elected as Mayor of Morpeth and for my wife Joan to be Mayoress of Morpeth for the next 12 months.
“I promise that I will champion the causes of residents, businesses and voluntary organisations, and to promote Morpeth to the wider community.
“I would like to take the opportunity of paying tribute to Coun Ken Brown for his very hard work as Mayor for the last two years.
“He has set a high standard for the role and will be a hard act to follow. I would also like to praise his son Lewis, who supported his father as Mayor’s escort at many events.”
Coun Taylor was born in Annfield Plain in County Durham and has lived and worked across the country, finally settling in Morpeth 17 years ago.
He was elected to Morpeth Town Council in 2007, representing the South ward, and was appointed Vice Chairman in 2008. For the last two years he has served as Deputy Mayor.
He is also a member of Morpeth Antiquarian Society, the Friends of Morpeth Museum and the Greater Morpeth Development Trust.
During his time as Mayor, Coun Taylor will raise funds for local charity Barnabas Safe and Sound.
He said: “I am looking forward to meeting and greeting as many people as I can and although my diary is getting full already, I would welcome you to invite myself and my wife to come and see what the people of Morpeth are achieving.
“In addition to officially opening Morpeth Fair Day on Sunday, June 12, I will be out and about in the crowds so please come and have a chat.
“I have decided that any fund-raising I do in the role of Mayor will be for Barnabas Safe and Sound.
“It is a young people’s housing and support charity based in Morpeth. I am impressed at the help and support it gives to young people who could possibly end up being homeless.”
Coun Mark Horton was elected Deputy Mayor.