The new mayor of Sudbury has promised to dedicate his time to pursuing the interests of the town.
Robert Spivey was presented with the mayoral chains from outgoing mayor Adrian Osborne after being voted in by fellow councillors during a meeting at the town hall on Tuesday evening.
“I am very honoured to accept this role and my aim is quite simple – to pursue the interests of Sudbury in the town and in the county,” said Mr Spivey, from Friars Street.
Mr Spivey has been a member of Sudbury Town Council since being elected in 2011 and has been heavily involved in supporting the town library during the county-wide reorganisation.
He thanked Mr Osborne and his wife Jan for their tireless work over the last 12 months.
“It has been very constructive for me to watch how they go about their business,” said Mr Spivey. “I have learnt a lot from them.”
Mr Osborne congratulated Mr Spivey on his appointment and said he had enjoyed a “wonderful” year as mayor.
“It has certainly had its challenges, but also a lot of joy,” he said.
“I have had the opportunity to be part of occasions that would not have been possible had I not been mayor.”
He added that £5,300 had been raised for his chosen charities – Compassion, Home Start and Macmillan Cancer Support – during the year.
Mr Spivey will support the Alzheimer’s Society, Stroke Association, Home Start and Mali Development Group.
Jack Owen was voted in to the role of deputy mayor.