John Farrar says he is looking forward to serving as mayor in the town where he has lived all his life.
Cllr Farrar has served on Irthlingborough Town Council since 1996 and also represents the John Pyel ward in Irthlingborough on East Northamptonshire Council.
The 68-year-old is now set to hold the ultimate ceremonial role for the town by becoming its mayor.
Cllr Farrar said: “It was a surprise. I am priviledged to be elected, it was great. I have been chairman of the town council at least three or four times. It will be lovely to be mayor. It’s an honour.”
Cllr Farrar said he was look-ing forward to cutting ribbons and attending community events in the area with his mayoral consort, his wife Dorothy.
He is also set to raise money for charity during his mayoral year but has not yet chosen the cause which will benefit.
Cllr Farrar is the Salvation Army officer for Irthlingborough and runs the Salvation Army charity shop in the town.He also serves as chairman of Spire Homes.
He said several people who had visited the Salvation Army shop and seen him out and about since his appointment had congratulated him on the new role. Cllr Farrar said some of the town council’s priorities which he wanted to help drive forward this year included new play equipment at Crow Hill, new bus shelters and funding for an extra PCSO.