Sue Ayres was appointed as Sudbury’s new mayor on Tuesday night at the town’s annual Mayor making ceremony.
More than 100 people attended the ceremony at Sudbury Town Hall, including many friends and family of Mrs Ayres and the new deputy mayor Sarah Page.
After being unanimously voted in by members, Mrs Ayres said: “A huge thank you for choosing me to represent our town. It’s an honour and a privilege.
“I sincerely hope the town council can work together for the town.”
In her address Mrs Ayres also promised to continue Mr Owen’s work on litter prevention in the town.
She said the town had much to offer and praised the work of the many different volunteer groups that provided services in the area.
Her chosen charities for the year will be, St Nicholas Hospice Care, 72 North Street and the Kernos Centre.
Mrs Ayres thanked Mr Owen for his work as mayor, saying he would be a hard act to follow. She also mentioned the support received from former mayor Sylvia Byham who died in September.
Outgoing mayor Jack Owen nominated Mrs Ayres for the role after she had been deputy during his mayoral year.
Paying tribute, he said: “It gives me absolute pleasure to nominate Sue as the new mayor. She has supported me admirably throughout the year.”
Speaking about his year in the position, Mr Owen said his biggest regret was not being in the town when the devastating fire struck in Market Hill last September.
He praised Mrs Ayres and the town for the way it came together during this time.
He also thanked the firefighters and volunteers who campaigned to save the town’s second fire engine.