A NEW mayor has taken over the reins in Sunderland.
Councillor Stuart Porthouse was officially sworn in as Mayor of Sunderland in the Civic Centre last night, along with the new Deputy Mayor, Councillor Barry Curran.
Coun Porthouse, who is married to Maria and has one son and one grand-daughter, said he is looking forward to his term of office.
He said: “I want to build upon the work of my predecessors in raising the profile of the Mayor’s Office while also making it more accessible.
“I am looking forward to inviting members of the business, voluntary and charitable community into the Mayor’s Parlour to see how we can work even more closely together on behalf of our city.
“It’s all about putting something back into our community, getting involved and supporting each other.
“During my term of office, I will also be working hard with the team to establish some new fundraising events as part of the civic calendar to help the Mayoral Charities for many years to come.”
Coun Porthouse’s chosen Mayoral Charities throughout his year in office will be NSPCC Childline, Sunderland, Action on Dementia, Sunderland and AGE UK, Sunderland.
Handing over the chain of office, out-going mayor, Bob Heron said he and his wife, Juliana, had been proud to serve the city and the community.
He said: “We have had the chance to meet so many of the people and voluntary groups who make Sunderland the city that it is.”