MEMBERS of the local community have gathered together at an annual service to welcome in the new Lord Mayor Lynne Stagg.
Cllr Stagg was among those taking part in the procession around Old Portsmouth before the service at Portsmouth Cathedral. Members of the city council and local MPs were also invited to the service.
Hymns were sung and prayers were said to mark Cllr Stagg’s mayoral year.
Canon David Isaac said: ‘The service is a celebration of the city’s life and an introduction of the new Lord Mayor and the asking for God’s blessing upon our hopes in the whole community in the coming year.
‘It’s an excellent opportunity for the city.’
Dean David Brindley welcomed the congregation and said: ‘We pray today for our Lord Mayor and city council and for the work they will undertake this year.
‘We hold in our thoughts this morning the continuing work of the Armed Forces based in this city and for the close association we have with them.
‘We pray for all those currently deployed from this community and around the world, their families and friends; all who are caught up in the turmoil, fear and uncertainty of conflict.’
Council leader Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson carried out a reading, as did the new Lord Mayor.
During the service, people were also invited to make a donation to the Lord Mayor’s chosen charities for the year – Young Carers, the Baffins Pond Association and Brain Tumour Research.
Money was also donated to the cathedral itself.
A prayer was also said for Drummer Lee Rigby and his family, the soldier who was murdered in an attack in Woolwich last week.