An outgoing town mayor said it was an “honour and privilege” to serve for the last year as he handed over his chain of office.

Epping mayor Michael Wright was replaced by his former deputy councillor Les Burrows at Epping Town Council last night (May 10).

Cllr Burrows said: "I am proud to be elected to town mayor by my fellow councillors and I look forward to working for the town in the coming year."

Councillor Wright thanked his colleagues and staff for their help and support.

He added that the next 12 months will be a big year for the council with the ongoing neighbourhood plan, St John’s Road redevelopment and town cemetery extension.

Cllr Burrows was proposed by councillor Hugh Pegrum, who referred to his work with Epping in Bloom and the horticultural society and said he would make “an excellent mayor for the coming year.”

The new mayor celebrated with a cake honouring the occasion, baked by former mayor Janet Hedges.

Councillor Tony Church was elected deputy mayor for the civic year.