The city of Sheffield welcomed its 120th new electoral mayor for the next year in the Council’s annual meeting.
Denise Fox, a Labour councillor, replaced Talib Hussain in a ceremony which took place in the council chamber at Sheffield Town Hall yesterday.
Members of the press and public were invited along as well as many of the new mayor’s friends and family.
Speeches from her colleagues and fellow council members entertained the guests before she was officially sworn in and took over the robes and livery collar from Councillor Hussain.
Denise said: “It is an honour and a privilege to be standing here in front of you all as the 120th royal mayor of Sheffield.”
Denise is only the 17th female to hold the role of mayor in Sheffield with the last female mayor being elected in 2013.
Councillor Hussain spoke at the ceremony and said: “It was an immense privilege to be elected Lord Mayor of Sheffield. I thank my colleagues for the opportunity.
“I hope I have put your confidence in me. In so many ways it has been a memorable year.
“I expect every one of the previous Lord Mayors said they knew a lot about the city of Sheffield.
“During the year people are always asking about my favourite memories today, truthfully every event is special and memorable. Each event is a highlight.”
After a short adjournment the appointment of the leader of the council for the ensuing year commenced where members of the public cheered for a majority Labour council; including the first Somalian Labour representative. Councillor Julie Dore continued in the role of leader of the council.
The role of Lord Mayor is a ceremonial role in the city.