Councillor David Howell took his seat at the head of Bideford Town Council last night (Thursday).

Bideford has welcomed a new mayor to office this week.

Councillor David Howell was handed the mayoral chain after being unanimously voted in by the town council last night (Thursday).

Taking his seat at the head of the council, David, who was formerly deputy mayor, thanked members for their support in him.

He said: “It’s a very challenging but interesting and exciting time.

“I know we have developed over the last 12 months an innovative and progressive approach.

“We face a lot of different challenges ahead but together we can really make a difference in the town.”

David will be accompanied on his duties by his wife Louise as mayoress.

Councillor Dermot McGeough, who only joined the council last year, was voted in as deputy mayor.

He was nominated for the post by Cllr Peter Christie, who said he was ‘very impressed’ with his approach.

Cllr Ruth Cragie was also nominated for the post.

Departing mayor Cllr Phil Pester said: “I want to thank councillors for their support over the last 12 months.

“It’s a difficult task being mayor, and our town over the last year has been a lot busier than when I was a previous mayor.”

Cllr Howell will be officially sworn in at the mayor’s introduction ceremony on Thursday, June 2.

This will be followed by the mayor’s parade on June 5.