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The Swaffham town council chamber saw something of a job swap last night as its Mayor and deputy exchanged roles and chains.

Stewart Bell became the town's new civic head during a meeting at the town hall, having been deputy for the last year.

And the outgoing Mayor, Judy Anscombe, took up another role as she was chosen to serve as his deputy.

Swaffham's new Mayor Stewart Bell, right, with the outgoing Mayor Judy Anscombe, who will serve as his deputy. (56770105)
Swaffham's new Mayor Stewart Bell, right, with the outgoing Mayor Judy Anscombe, who will serve as his deputy. (56770105)

In his acceptance speech, Mr Bell reflected on his family's long association with the town.

And he urged colleagues to come together and work for the collective good in the final year of the council's term ahead of next spring's elections.

Mr Bell said: "My family have called Swaffham home for four generations. We've owned businesses round the town.

"Working together is more important than ever. I've never had a hidden agenda sitting on this council."

Mr Bell said he would be supported by his wife, Debbie, as mayoress and paid tribute to Mrs Anscombe, who he described as "a fantastic friend and advisor preparing me for my role as Mayor."

In her retiring address, Mrs Anscombe reflected on many of the events that had inspired her during her term in office, including the recent Scouts celebration of St George's Day and presenting long service awards at the St John Ambulance carol service.

She thanked all those who had supported her during her term, particularly her family for what she described as their "endless patience".

She concluded: "It's been an honour and a privilege to serve as Mayor."



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