Lincoln’s 806th Mayor sworn in

Civic party (L-R): Mayor’s consort Cllr Neil Murray, Mayor of Lincoln Cllr Karen Lee, City Sheriff Melanie Tointon, Sheriff’s consort Stephen Tointon, City Council chief executive Andrew Taylor and Pipe Major Finlay MacGhee

The new Mayor of Lincoln has been officially sworn in on Tuesday, 806 years after the first event.

Councillor Karen Lee took the oath on May 15 at Guildhall, where she was also married to the city with a 16th century gold ring.

She chaired her first meeting of Full Council, then Pipe Major Finlay MacGhee from RAF Waddington piped on the steps of the Guildhall as she left.

Karen Lee’s consort is Councillor Neil Murray, while the City Sheriff is Melanie Tointon, and the Sheriff’s consort Stephen Tointon.

Councillor Pat Vaughan will take the role of Deputy Mayor and will become Mayor in 2013.

Councillor Karen Lee said: “Being the Mayor of Lincoln is a big responsibility, though I am very pleased to be the one taking it on.

“I am really looking forward to the year ahead of me and seeing what it brings.

“The role of the Mayor of Lincoln involves taking part in different aspects of the city which will be exciting and interesting.

“One thing for sure is that the year will no doubt keep me busy with lots of events and functions to attend.”

Councillor Karen Lee is a qualified nurse who’s been politically active since 1994.

She was elected to represent Carholme Ward in 2003, and has held roles such as Chair of the Carholme Community Forum, the City Council’s Equality and Diversity Development Group and currently Chair of the Community Leadership Scrutiny Committee.

The first Mayor of Lincoln came to be in 1206, and now holds a series of roles within the city over the year.

A Lincoln mayor must chair meetings of the Full Council, welcome visitors to the city and attend a variety of civic and charity events.

Source: City of Lincoln Council