Councillor Philip Pope was appointed to the position at a ceremony on May 10 attended by more than 200 people, including the High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire and mayors from neighbouring towns. In his time in the post, Cllr Pope said he wanted to ensure St Ives has a strong voice with the new mayor for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and the combined authority. He said: I have always been so proud to call this amazing town my home but to now become part of its history is beyond comprehension. I promise that I will always do what I feel is best for this town and the individuals who choose to live and work here. Cllr Pope is joined by his new deputy mayor, Councillor Tim Drye, who was also elected following a unanimous decision. For the coming year Cllr Pope will support the Magpas Air Ambulance, the Macmillan Woodlands Centre appeal and local groups as his mayors charities.