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Boston's 479th Mayor is Cllr Paul Kenny who kissed his wife, Pam, after presenting her with the chain of office as his Mayoress.

He has chosen fellow Labour councillor Paul Goodale and his wife, Angie, to be Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayoress.

Cllr Kenny promised a jam-packed council chamber on Thursday night that he would work hard and do his best for the people of Boston, making his focus for the year community and equality.

He was proposed by Cllr Paul Gleeson, who said he was a man who was committed to Boston and got involved, and seconded by Cllr Richard Leggott, who said Cllr Kenny put service before self.

Cllr Kenny said it was a great honour. He said community was important to him and he would work hard to bring communities closer together and encourage respect in our communities.

The Mayor's Charities will be the Boston branch of the Citizen's Advice Bureau and the Salvation Army.

"The tensions and challenges we have in society today will benefit from these two charities," he said.

In a lighter aside he jokingly warned that members not sporting a tie at council meetings would be expected to pay a £10 "fine" to the Mayor's Charities and wear a borough council tie, which would be supplied.

He said he had known Cllr Goodale for more than 20 years and commended him for dealing with a challenging week in which his father had died.

Cllr Carol Taylor seconded his proposal for Cllr Goodale to be Deputy Mayor.

A vote of thanks to outgoing Mayor, Cllr Colin Brotherton, was given by Cllr Mike Gilbert.

Cllr Brotherton thanked his sister, Mrs Kate Wainwright, for the support she had given him as Mayoress, "a job well done" , and his Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayoress, Cllr Alan Lee and his wife, Jill. He also thanked his charity committee who had helped raise more than £4,000 for St Barnabas Hospice and the Detection of Cancer and Treatment Fund (DOCATEF).

Cllr Lee thanked the unsung heroes who look after the Mayoral group all year round - democratic services manager Lorraine Bush, civic and members services officer Alison Hull and the two Mayor's officers, Andy Lamming and Alec Wilson.

The Mayor invested the new Mayor's scout, Nicholas Doddrell, and Mayoress's guide, Hannah Clark.

At the reception afterwards, Father of the Council, Cllr Leggott had words of advice for the new Mayor: "Keep your shoes shiny, your suit pressed and your nose clean."

Tributes were paid to Staniland South Councillor Paul Mould, who died recently. His sister and nephew were present to receive a past member's scroll on his behalf. His nephew said his uncle would have been very proud for his work for the council and his ward to have been acknowledged. He said: "Boston was his life."