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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Mayor of Norwich

Norwich city councillor Marion Maxwell will be the Lord Mayor for the 2016-17 civic year and Richard Marks, head of branch for John Lewis Norwich, is to be Sheriff.

Both will don their robes and chains of office for the first time when they’re officially elected at the colourful annual mayor-making ceremony in City Hall on Tuesday 24 May.

On Richard’s nomination, Councillor Alan Waters, Leader for Norwich City Council, said: “Richard has played a central role in one of the most important retail businesses in Norwich and a very active part in the life of the city including his work with the Business improvement District, the Chamber of Commerce and the successful Norwich in Bloom. All this makes him an admirable choice as sheriff.

Talking of Marion’s upcoming role he said: “Marion has worked for many years in senior positions in public service. She held a full-time post as a Unison official helping people with their rights in work and has been a committed community activist before becoming a councillor – a role she relishes.

"I know she particularly enjoys meeting people from different backgrounds, which makes her the perfect choice for the role of Lord Mayor.”

Councillor Maxwell said: “I’m really pleased to have been given this honour. I almost can’t believe this has happened. All my life I’ve felt ordinary and, right now, I’m feeling extraordinary. I felt so proud to have been elected as a councillor and now, to be nominated as Lord Mayor is almost beyond words.”

Richard Marks said: “It was a huge surprise and a great honour to be asked to be Sheriff. I am very excited about the year ahead, in particular meeting lots of new people and organisations and the prospect of celebrating all the wonderful things about this great city. I can't wait to get started!”

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