IT WAS an exciting moment for the new mayor of Gosport as he donned the chains for the first time.
Gosport born-and-bred Councillor Keith Farr was elected to take the reigns as mayor at the mayor-making ceremony held at Thorngate Halls today.
Cllr Farr, who represents the Forton ward, has been a member of the council for 13 years and was overjoyed to be named as mayor.
He said: ‘It is very exciting and I have been waiting to be mayor for a long time.
‘I feel proud that I am the first citizen of Gosport.
‘I grew up in Gosport and the town means a lot to me so I am looking forward to meeting even more people and representing the council.
I feel proud that I am the first citizen of Gosport.Councillor Keith Farr
‘It is an honour to have been elected for the position and I am sure it will be a good year.’
The ceremony gave Cllr Farr the chance to meet old friends that he had not seen for years.
He added that it was great seeing everyone and catching up.
‘My favourite part of the ceremony was seeing old colleagues and friends who I haven’t seen for years,’ said Cllr Farr.
‘It was really nice that they took the time to see me become mayor and congratulate me.’
This year the mayor’s charities include the Gosport branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society UK and other small charities based in Gosport.
Cllr Farr takes over from Cllr Keith Gill who stepped up as mayor after Cllr Wayne Ronayne quit the ceremonial title last year.
He took the decision to step down after getting banned from pubs in the town and put on Pub Watch.
The ban came after an alleged incident in Wetherspoons pub The Star, High Street, on the day he took up the chains of office on June 4 last year.
He appealed the ban but the Pub Watch committee said it examined CCTV and saw his group was asked to leave four times and did not leave.
Paula Carter, the then mayoress, allegedly told staff at the pub they could have the place closed – and said the same to staff at another pub.