The Mayor of South Ribble is preparing to hand over her mayoral chains to the new civic leader after an ‘absolutely wonderful’ year representing the borough.

Councillor Dorothy Gardner will hand over the role to councillor Graham Walton at an installation ceremony today at the Civic Centre in Leyland from 6pm.

It has been a busy year for the Mayor and her consort who have attended hundreds of events and represented the borough across the whole of Lancashire.

They’ve been a part of the Leyland Festival Parade, hosted charity dinners including the 15th annual Ladies of Achievement Luncheon, dined with Runshaw students at the Foxholes Restaurant and judged the 2014 Search for a Star auditions.

This year also marked 40 years of South Ribble Borough Council and Councillor Gardner has had the additional honour of being the borough’s 40th mayor.

Throughout the year the Mayor has raised money for her three chosen charities; St Catherine’s Hospice, Baby Beat and Hope For Justice.

The retiring Mayor said: “It has been absolutely wonderful to be the Mayor of South Ribble for the past 12 months, and such an honour. Being the mayor is one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life.