New face for ceremonial post

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SHEFFIELD’S new Lord Mayor is to take office at a ceremony next week.

Lib Dem Coun Sylvia Dunkley is taking on the role from Labour’s Coun Alan Law.

She will be installed in a ceremony attended by civic dignitaries at Sheffield Town Hall on Wednesday, from 11.30am.

Coun Dunkley has represented Ecclesall ward for the last 16 years, since 1995, and will serve in the ceremonial post with husband John as consort.

She was cabinet member for culture, sport and tourism until last year, when she was appointed deputy Lord Mayor to Coun Law, so could not serve in any other post on the council.

Coun Dunkley, who has a PhD and is in her 60s, runs an engineering company based in the lower Don Valley with her husband.

The grandmother is a keen supporter of the arts and is a member of a choir.

Outgoing Lord Mayor, Coun Law, who represents Firth Park, has been on the council since 1981. He has also served as a magistrate, school governor and in several council posts.

Coun Law served as Mayor with daughter Nicola Ashton as his consort.

The former postman has raised funds for charities St Luke’s Hospice and Amy’s House during the last year.

Coun Law becomes chairman of the city centre, south and east planning board.