Sunderland has a new Mayor.
Castle ward councillor Doris MacKnight was sworn in at a full meeting of Sunderland City Council this evening, and will serve alongside husband Keith, who becomes the Mayoral Consort.
They take over the ceremonial chains of office from the former Mayor, Coun Alan Emerson.
Tonight's meeting also saw Coun Lynda Scanlan appointed as Deputy Mayor, and SAFC legend Micky Horswill as her Consort.
Coun MacKnight said: "We are both looking forward to meeting even more of the voluntary groups who make such a massive contribution to life in our communities.
"We’d like to thank Coun Emerson. Alan has done a wonderful job to promote the city and I hope to be able to carry on his good work."