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Swapping the chains of office in North Norfolk proves a hefty task

PUBLISHED: 11:28 25 May 2017 | UPDATED: 11:28 25 May 2017

New chairman Richard Shepherd presenting former chairman John Lee with a bottle of rum as he bows out at meeting: Pictures: Andreas Yiasimi

New chairman Richard Shepherd presenting former chairman John Lee with a bottle of rum as he bows out at meeting: Pictures: Andreas Yiasimi

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The new chairman of North Norfolk District Council said it was “quite humbling” to take on the role.

New chairman Richard Shepherd, right, and new vice-chairman Roy Reynolds: Pictures: Andreas Yiasimi New chairman Richard Shepherd, right, and new vice-chairman Roy Reynolds: Pictures: Andreas Yiasimi

Richard Shepherd became the new chairman at a full council meeting on Wednesday, May 24.

His predecessor John Lee, who bowed out at the meeting, said it had been “the best year” of his life.

The new vice-chairman of the council is Roy Reynolds, who takes over from Mr Shepherd.

Mr Shepherd said: “It’s quite humbling. If I can do half as well as John, I will be well satisfied. I will now be representing all of us in North Norfolk.”

He said that, in the light of the Manchester bombing, he had chosen two charities for the year to fundraise for, that protected children.

He added: “They will be East Anglia Children’s Hospices and Nelson’s Journey.”

Mr Lee said: “I cannot believe it’s been a year. It’s been a pleasure and an honour and the best year of my life.”

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