Deputy set to take over as West Norfolk's mayor
West Norfolk's current deputy mayor is set to step up to the borough's top civic role later this week.
Council officials have announced that Geoff Hipperson will be formally nominated to take over as mayor when the borough council holds its annual meeting at Lynn town hall on Thursday evening.
Mr Hipperson, a Conservative who was re-elected in the Airfield ward earlier this month, has served as a borough councillor since 1999.
For the past year, he has been deputy to the retiring mayor, Nick Daubney, with his wife, Rose, acting as deputy mayoress.
He has nominated West Norfolk Riding for the Disabled and West Norfolk Mind as his mayoral charities.
Meanwhile, in a move which perhaps reflects the more balanced nature of the council following the elections, Labour’s Margaret Wilkinson has been nominated as Mr Hipperson’s deputy mayor.
Mrs Wilkinson, a former magistrate who has been a councillor since 1983, represents the Fairstead ward.
Fellow Labour councillor Sandra Collop will act as Mrs Wilkinson’s consort as Mrs Wilkinson’s husband, Peter, is unable to on health grounds.