York & North Yorkshire

Lib Dem's Keith Hyman named as new Lord Mayor of York

Councillor Keith Hyman
Image caption Keith Hyman said York was a "marvellous" place

Liberal Democrat councillor Keith Hyman is to be the next Lord Mayor of York, it has been announced.

Mr Hyman has represented the Huntington and New Earswick wards since 2003.

He will serve as Lord Mayor as York celebrates 800 years of self-governance next year and said he felt privileged to play a role in its history.

Mr Hyman, who is taking over the role from Labour councillor David Horton, said he would do his best to promote York "in the best possible light".

He will nominate Haxby and Wigginton Liberal Democrat councillor Paul Firth as his Sheriff.

'Feel privileged'

"Having lived and worked in York for most of my life this is a great honour and I intend, along with the rest of the civic party, to do my best to promote the city in the best possible light," he said.

"York is the most marvellous place to live and I feel privileged to now play a major role in its history.

"With so many events taking place throughout the year such as the 800-year celebrations I am sure I will get the opportunity to learn even more about our place as the country's second city and the jewel in the crown for the North of England."

Councillor Carol Runciman, leader of the city's Liberal Democrats, said: "Having been brought up in York, Keith is well known by many people across the city.

"He has served this city well for many years and I think he will be an excellent person to take the lead during the 800 celebrations, the Mystery Plays and the Olympic year."

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