Corby’s new mayor Judy Caine aims to use her year in office to repay the town which welcomed her family with open arms.
Cllr Caine, 50, who takes over from Cllr Mohammed Rahman, moved to Corby in 2006 with her partner Paul Balmer and their son Karl, now eight.
The couple have worked tirelessly establishing community projects on the Oakley Vale estate where they live.
Cllr Caine said: “It is a great honour to be chosen as Corby’s mayor.
“I came here as an economic migrant from London looking for work and a better quality of air.
“My family and I have been made so very welcome here and have grown to love the place, the people and regard Corby as our home.
“I see my year in office as a chance to say thank you to Corby for everything it has given my family.”
The mayor, who loves music and plays the flute and clarinet, is looking forward to supporting the community, being an ambassador for Corby and meeting young people.
She has chosen the charities Headway, Arthritis UK and Lakelands Hospice to support during her year in office.