The new Mayor of Durham

A retired teacher has been made Mayor of Durham.

Coun Mamie Simmons, of Newton Hall, Durham City, was made mayor at a meeting of the Durham Charter Trust in Durham Town Hall.

The trust oversees the ceremonial duties of the now-defunct Durham City Council.

Coun Simmons has lived in Durham City for the last 30 years.

"I regard being made mayor as a very great honour," she said.

"I love Durham City with its many historic buildings, such as the cathedral and the castle.

"But I also recognise we need to move forward, so I also value its modern developments."

Coun Simmons' consort is her son Neville, and her chosen charities for her year in office are Diabetes UK, and St Cuthbert's Hospice, Merryoaks, Durham City.

The deputy mayor is Gilesgate councillor Les Thomson.