Tilney St Lawrence councillor Barry Ayres will be nominated as the new Mayor and chairman for West Norfolk Council at the annual Mayor-making ceremony next month.

The Conservative councillor has lived in the borough with his wife, Christine, for 27 years and will replace current mayor Elizabeth Watson.

Mr Ayres took early retirement from St Clement’s High School in Terrington St Clement in 2006 after 32 years as a teacher.

He plays an active part in the community, performing folk clubs and running a Jaguar enthusiasts club.

Mr Ayres has been a parish councillor in Tilney St Lawrence for 17 years and has chaired the parish council for 14 years.

As a borough councillor for 11 years, he has served on various panels and committees, including the cabinet scrutiny committee, chairing the standards committee and vice-chairing his local Safer Neighbourhood Action Panel.

He is currently serving as deputy West Norfolk Mayor.

“I am very much looking forward to my year as Mayor,” Mr Ayres said.

“I shall do my best to serve the people of this borough in a fitting and proper manner.

“I am particularly keen to work with members of the community at all levels and feel honoured and privileged to be nominated.”

Colin Manning, who has represented the Heacham ward for nearly three years, and Gary Howman, representing Old Gaywood, will stand for the post of deputy mayor to be held at King’s Lynn Town Hall on Thursday, May 8.

Mrs Watson said: “My year as Mayor has really opened my eyes to all that is good in West Norfolk. We have a huge amount of talent in the borough and there is an army of volunteers who do so much for the community; it all adds up to making this a brilliant area in which to live.

“I wish councillor Ayres all the best in his new role and I know he will be a great ambassador for us all.”