Shropshire Council leader Peter Nutting elected as mayor of Shrewsbury
Shropshire Council's leader Peter Nutting has been elected mayor by Shrewsbury Town Council.
Mr Nutting replaced Councillor Jane Mackenzie as mayor at the town's mayor making last night.
He said he was looking forward to strengthening the ties between Shrewsbury Town Council and Shropshire Council.
"I was first elected as a councillor in 1982, I've been top of the list for many years but I didn't want to be mayor until I retired," he said.
"I'm looking forward to it, my charity will be Little Rascals, which is a charity that helps young people locally.
"It will be a pleasure to get out and about and around the town and involved with all the various activities and socialising.
"I'm looking forward to promoting the town as best as I can."
Mr Nutting added: "I don't see any conflict between the two roles and I hope to strengthen the ties between the two councils which are already good but could be worked on a little more.
"I'm looking to work with the rural areas around the town as they look to the town for its services and leadership.
"I'm looking to promote the areas around the town too."
Councillor Mackenzie raised more than £15,000 for her chosen charity for the year, Shropshire Recovery, and is now hoping to set up a more local charity using the funds to help addicts.