by Emma Wilkinson
Leeds is getting a new Lord Mayor today as Garforth and Swillington councillor Tom Murray takes the reigns.
His wife of 42 years, Edna, has worked for Leeds City Council Social Care for over 25 years and will be proudly joining her husband as Lady Mayoress.
The pair met in Durham when they were teenagers before Edna came to join Tom in Leeds where he was a student.
Coun Murray will officially become Lord Mayor at tonight’s annual general meeting, in a yearly ceremony in which he is passed the chains by the current Lord Mayor, Ann Castle.
In his first duty as Lord Mayor, Coun Murray will tomorrow be attending a nursing home in Hunslet to wish a happy 100th birthday to one of the residents there.
The focus of his coming year as Lord Mayor, however, is increasing funds and activities for young people and his chosen charity Leeds Offers Fun For The Young (LOFFTY) will aim to provide activities for children in the city.
Coun Murray is retiring next year after serving in his ward for more than 21 years.
His ward colleague, councillor Mark Dobson tweeted: “I am very proud and it is a fitting end to his time as a Councillor. We will miss him.”