Published: 18 May 2010

Colin Greatorex (Sheriff), Christopher Spruce (Mayor), and Brian Bacon (Deputy Mayor)
Left to right: Colin Greatorex (Sheriff), Christopher Spruce (Mayor), and Brian Bacon (Deputy Mayor).

Over 150 civic leaders, councillors and their guests gathered at the Guildhall on Monday evening 17 May to witness the investiture of the new Mayor of the City for 2010/11, together with the new Deputy Mayor and Sheriff.

In accepting the office of Mayor for the forthcoming year Councillor Chris Spruce thanked his fellow councillors for their support and stated that it was a great honour and privilege to be elected. He also paid tribute to the work of the outgoing Mayor, Councillor Terry Thomas, and Sheriff, Simon Price, who had together raised over £10,000 for their charities during their year of office.

Councillor Spruce is a Chartered Accountant by profession and has recently retired as Bursar of the Cathedral School. His interests are in sport and the arts, and he is a keen supporter of the Garrick Youth Theatre and Shakespeare in the Park. He has been a Lichfield resident for many years and a City councillor since May 2007 where he represents the St John's Ward. His wife, Diana, will be Mayoress, and he has one daughter and four step-children.

The new Deputy Mayor is Councillor Brian Bacon. Brian was also elected to the City council in May 2007, but has previously served in civic office as the consort to his wife Norma who was Mayor in 2005 and Sheriff in 2008.

Completing the civic team is the new Sheriff of Lichfield, Councillor Colin Greatorex. Colin has been a city resident for 19 years. He has been a city councillor since 2001 and represents the Stowe Ward. He was Mayor of the City in 2006 and is also a Cabinet member for the Lichfield District Council. Colin's wife, Donna, will be Sheriff's Lady, and they have three children. Colin serves as a Trustee on several local charities, and is a committee member of the Twinning Association and the Johnson Society.