City Councillor Neil Hampson has been appointed as the new mayor of Gloucester city in a special mayor making ceremony at Gloucester City Council.

Monday’s ceremony saw outgoing Mayor Sebastian Field hand over the reins to Moreland Councillor Neil Hampson for the 2016/17 council year.

Having represented Moreland for the last year, Labour Cllr Neil Hampson has lived there with his wife and children for the past 29 years.

In his spare time Neil enjoys gardening, and reading science fiction.

In the new role, he is particularly looking forward promoting the youth of Gloucester, and being an ambassador for Longfield Hospice Care at Home.

As part of the same ceremony Councillor Said Hansdot was appointed as Sheriff of the city, taking over the role from Jim Beeley; and leading prayers at council meetings for the next year will be the Reverend Ruth Fitter.

Cllr Neil Hampson, Mayor of Gloucester, said: “It’s a truly wonderful honour to be elected as Mayor of Gloucester. I’d like to thank Sebastian for everything he’s done to represent our fantastic city over the last year and I look forward to serving you all into 2017.

“We’ve got so much going on in our city over the next twelve months. There’s the first Summer of Music, Arts and Culture which includes the Gloucester Rhythm and Blues Festival, the Gloucester Carnival and the Fireworks Spectacular.

“New festivals will be welcomed to the city for classical music, folk and poetry and Art in the City will see hundreds of artists setting up their easels to paint what they see.

“We’re celebrating Beatrix Potter’s 150th birthday with events around the Tailor of Gloucester’s house, Sportbeat returns for its fourth year, and after its huge success last year, the popular Retro Festival returns to the gate streets in August.”

The mayor’s charity of the year will be Longfield Hospice Care at Home, which provides palliative care and specialist services for county residents who have a life-limiting illness, while the sheriff’s charity will be Leonard Cheshire Homes.

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