John Doyle.

Taking up the mantle as the mayor of Downham Market for the third time is councillor John Doyle.

Mr Doyle and his wife Audrey retired to the area from East London around 18 years ago.

His first stint as mayor was around five years ago followed by a second term in office around three years ago.

Said Mr Doyle: “I put my name forward and I’m proud to be mayor and to lead the council again.”

Singing the praises of the market town, Mr Doyle said it was a “fantastic” place to live with lots going on.

“We love it here, it is a great place. It was named as the 22nd best place to live in a national newspaper,” said Mr Doyle, adding the town’s August Water Festival had also gained national recognition and attracted visitors countrywide.

One of the things Mr Doyle, 75, was looking forward to seeing completed during his year in office was the refurbishment of the town hall.

“We are still finishing the renovations to the town hall. It is a big project,” he explained.

Work is due to start at the end of July on the bar and assembly rooms. It is expected to take around six weeks.

As well as keeping busy with his town council work, Mr Doyle is the chairman of the governors at Hillcrest Primary School and is the president of Downham Market Royal British Legion branch.

Deputy mayor for the year is Robin Pegg.

Mr Pegg was mayor of the town in 2012/13. He said he was looking forward to his role and working with Mr Doyle.

“We work well together, we are both on the events committee,” he said, explaining they were both involved with the water festival, which this year takes place on Sunday, August 10.