Councillor Julie Hunt will continue in office following the town council’s annual mayor making ceremony on Thursday.

The mayor of Barnstaple has pledged to support those in need and continue to get the town looking its best for the forthcoming year.

Councillor Julie Hunt was re-elected to serve as mayor for another year at Barnstaple Town Council’s annual mayor making ceremony on Thursday.

Councillor Ian Roome remains as deputy mayor.

“I feel very humbled to have been re-elected for a second term as mayor for the coming year,” said Cllr Hunt.

Mayor of Barnstaple, Councillor Julie Hunt and husband David. Picture: Barnstaple Town CouncilMayor of Barnstaple, Councillor Julie Hunt and husband David. Picture: Barnstaple Town Council

“I consider being elected as mayor of Barnstaple a great honour and privilege that comes with a lot responsibility and hard work.

“Once again I commit myself to serving Barnstaple with the best of my ability, with energy, pride and integrity.”

Mrs Hunt will again support ChemoHero as one of her chosen charities, with Clarity and North Devon Cancer and Wellbeing Centre also benefitting from funds raised. A military services charity is also to be confirmed.

Speaking at the ceremony she said the council’s focuses would include restoring and improving Barnstaple Guildhall and developing the town’s neighbourhood plan.

Earlier in the evening, Mrs Hunt presented cheques to her chosen charities from her last term.

Community champions were also presented with trophies, with Dave Butt posthumously awarded the RAF Community Plate.