Lincolnshire County Council Chairman Councillor Bill Aron and his partner Amanda Job have welcomed in the new civic year with a dedication ceremony at Lincoln Cathedral.
The service was attended by representatives from local communities and businesses, along with members of the armed forces and councils from within and outside the county.
Among the guests were Tony Worth, the Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire, and the Earl of Yarborough, the county’s High Sheriff.
Coun Aron represents Horncastle and Tetford and resides in Horncastle.
He has served the community as a town councillor for nearly 20 years and was elected to the county council in June 2009, having previously served between 2001 and 2005.
Coun Aron said: “This is the first time in the council’s 40-year history that a Horncastle councillor has been chairman - which is good for the town and good also for the county.
“As both an independent councillor and a member of the ruling coalition, I can provide a strong voice for the town, making sure the issues that are important to our residents are heard.
“And I’ll also do my best for the county, doing all I can to promote tourism throughout Lincolnshire and beyond.
“In addition, I also want to use my role to help small businesses get off the ground and expand.
“Amanda and I have already attended over two dozen engagements in our first two months and have to be on duty most days or evenings.
“It’s hard work but worth it - particularly when I see the positive impact it has for Horncastle.” Coun Aron has chosen to support LIVES as his charity for the year.