Brent Charlesworth sworn in as 808th Lincoln Mayor

Councillor Brent Charlesworth has been officially elected by the City of Lincoln Council as the city’s new mayor.

The new mayor, who was also Lord Mayor of Nottingham 2003/04, was sworn in as he chaired the annual meeting of the council on June 3 at the Lincoln Guildhall.

Councillor Brent Charlesworth, who represents Park Ward for the city council, took over the mayoral chains from Councillor Patrick Vaughan.

The new Sheriff, Councillor David Jackson, and Deputy Mayor, Councillor Andrew Kerry, were also appointed.

Councillor Kath Brothwell will be Mayoress for the 2014-15 term.

In his time as mayor, Councillor Vaughan managed to raise £15,000 for his charity, Motor Neurone Disease Association.

During his 2014/2015 mayoral role, Councillor Charlesworth will be supporting Lincoln-based organisations Development Plus’ “Step in the Right Direction” programme and Lincoln Dial-a-Ride.

Mayor of Lincoln 2014/2015 Councillor Brent Charlesworth. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Mayor of Lincoln 2014/2015 Councillor Brent Charlesworth. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Mayor of Lincoln Councillor Brent Charlesworth said: “I am looking forward to doing lots of great things for the city and we have a fantastic civic party.

“We have an entire programme of things to do this year and I shall be doing a lot for the organisations that I have been working with in recent years.

“Though I have lived in Lincoln for only 11 years – a mere blink of the eye compared with some of my council colleagues – I have been a regular visitor to the city since 1971 when I first came to this part of the world to lecture at what became Nottingham Trent University.

“It is a huge honour to be able to represent this fine city whose remarkable history extends well beyond the Roman occupation back into the mists of time and whose future development is most certainly bright indeed.”

Leader of the City of Lincoln Council, Ric Metcalfe, said: “Mayor making is always a fantastic occasion and a reminder of the terrific history that we have in the city.

“The people of Lincoln love having a ceremonial mayor and it’s great to see the tradition passed down for the 808th time.

“It’s probably pretty unusual for someone to become mayor of a great city like ours who has already been lord mayor of a neighbouring city – Nottingham in this case.

“He brings an enormous amount of experience and understanding of the role.”