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A NEW mayor has chosen the theme of A Helping Hand for the charities he will help during his year in office.

Swanmore and Newtown ward councillor Frank Pearson was made the 813th mayor of Winchester in a ceremony at the city’s Guildhall.

His wife Anne will serve as the mayoress.

Cllr Pearson and his wife officially took over the roles from Cllr Barry Lipscomb, who represents Wonston and Micheldever, and his wife Christine, in what is the second oldest mayoralty in England

Cllr Pearson has represented his ward for the past decade.

During his term as mayor, Cllr Pearson’s chosen charities will be The Magic Wand Appeal for the Royal Hampshire County Hospital, the Felix Fund – the bomb disposal charity – and Bishop’s Waltham Community Responders, volunteers who assist the emergency services in providing life-saving aid.

Cllr Pearson said: ‘I’m looking forward to using my time as mayor to visit the people who live and work in our district.

‘It is the people in our communities that make it such a fantastic place to live and I’m very pleased to be appointed the 813th mayor of this most ancient city of Winchester.’

The new deputy mayor for the coming year will be Alresford ward’s councillor Ernie Jeffs.