A new Penrith mayor has been elected.
The town council met last night physically for the first time in over a year.
Charlie Shepherd took over from Doug Lawson as town council chairman and became the town’s new mayor, with Hilary Snell vice-chairwoman and deputy mayor, a role previously held by Scott Jackson.
Mr Shepherd said: “I am pleased and honoured to be elected as mayor of Penrith, it is great to be following in my father’s footsteps.
“I intend to continue with the plans that we had for climate change, the youth panel and arts and culture that were so badly disrupted and restricted last year.”
Outgoing mayor Mr Lawson said: It’s been an honour and privilege to serve the town. Penrith’s community spirit and determination shone through, time and again, and made the job a real pleasure.”
Mr Lawson said that he would be presenting four mayor’s medals this year when it was possible to do so to Cameron Stewart for his NHS/keyworker cards project, Tony Pears for all the work he has done organising community litter picking, Rachel Lee Douglas for organising the Community Support Penrith Facebook page which helped so many during the last year and Amy Bray for all the work she has done on local climate change projects.