The new Mayor of Gosport, Cllr Wayne Ronayne, has taken his place as the ceremonial leader of the borough.
Cllr Ronayne, 54, was sworn in today at a mayor making ceremony at Thorngate Halls.
Outgoing mayor Cllr John Beavis was thanked for his service over the past year.
Cllr Ronayne announced that the Rowans Hospice and Two Saints’ accommodation resource centre, ARC, would be his chosen charities for the year.
Cllr Ronayne said: ‘Both of these wholly worthwhile charities provide inestimable support to the people of Gosport’.
After the ceremony, Richard Thorne, 74, of Alverstoke, was named Gosport’s Citizen of the Year and accepted a certificate from Cllr Ronayne.
A retired Royal Navy commander, Mr Thorne’s community involvement has included organising the Alverstoke Christmas Tree Festival and fundraising to replace the Scout hall in Clayhall Road.
Cllr Ronayne said he was: ‘A man with incomparable talent to unite people of all ages and backgrounds in order to make Gosport a more interesting and fun place in which to live.’
Tyler Palmer, 16, of Forton, accepted the Gosport Youth Award.