Sheffield’s new Mayor vows to help volunteers

Coun Peter Rippon is to be new Lord Mayor
Coun Peter Rippon is to be new Lord Mayor
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Raising the profile of volunteers is the mission chosen by Sheffield’s new Lord Mayor after he is sworn in.

Coun Peter Rippon will take on the role after a ceremony at the Town Hall on Wednesday morning.

The 71-year-old grandfather, whose son Tim is a Sheffield councillor, will be Lord Mayor for 50 weeks rather than 52 because the European elections delayed the council meeting which elects him.

Coun Rippon, who represents Shiregreen and Brightside and won by 244 votes at the local election, said: “There are a lot of people in Sheffield who beaver away week after week doing voluntary work.

“We want to recognise some of those groups and encourage more and more people to get involved with the local and wider community.

“It’s a great honour to be asked to represent the city.”

Coun Rippon’s wife of 52 years, Susan, is his Mayoress and Burngreave councillor Talib Hussain is deputy Lord Mayor.

He is Sheffield’s 118th Lord Mayor and the first jobs in his diary include the Broomhill Festival, before a date at The Queen’s garden party at Buckingham Palace.