A 13-times mayor of Market Deeping is the new chairman of South Kesteven District Council which serves Bourne and the Deepings.
Coun Reg Howard (92), Independent member for Market and West Deeping ward, was elected unanimously as chairman at the coouncil’s recent annual meeting.
The former Royal Navy petty officer has been a district councillor for 23 years but he has not yet decided whether to stand for re-election next year.
Coun Howard said: “I had to think a lot about accepting the chairmanship because I’m no spring chicken and, quite frankly, it was the other council members who twisted my arm to say yes.
“It’s amazing because most of the time, the chairmanship has gone to the ruling adminstration which is currently the Conservatives.
“But support for me came from all the political parties as this was possibly my last opportunity of being chairman.”
Coun Howard, who is in office until May 2015, has also been a Market Deeping town councillor for 30 years and was mayor 13 times between 1987 and 2013.
“As chairman, I want to promote South Kesteven as much as I can because it’s a great place to live and a go-ahead district, with great council members,” Coun Howard said.