Seven might be many people’s lucky number, but it’s a historic one for Swaffham’s new mayor, who has accepted the chains of office for a record seventh time.
Shirley Matthews was sworn into the civic role during the town council’s annual meeting last Wednesday, 25 years after she first served in the job.
Mrs Matthews, who is also a Breckland district councillor for the town, said it was an “honour” to serve in the role she first held in 1989 and last held in 2011.
She had previously shared the record with Jack Sampson, who was mayor six times between 1978 and 1999.
She said her main objectives for the year ahead were to drive forward the efforts to improve the support available for dementia patients and their carers in the town.
She is also hoping that work will finally progress on the skatepark site, adding: “We really must get on with that.”
Mrs Matthews also paid tribute to her predecessor, Anne Thorp, for her “devotion” to the role over the past 12 months.
She said: “You can retire with the words ‘a job well done’ ringing in your ears.”
And Mrs Thorp, who received a gift in recognition of her work in the role, thanked everyone who supported her during what she described as an “exceptional” year.
Stewart Bell was elected deputy mayor for the coming year during the meeting.