By Sam Rkaina, Local Government Reporter
BRISTOL’S new Lord Mayor has been appointed – on the day of his 20th wedding anniversary.
Former Conservative group leader Geoff Gollop officially took over the role from the outgoing Lord Mayor Colin Smith at the annual meeting of Bristol City Council on Tuesday.
Mr Gollop thanked his wife Bernice for being “tolerant and patient” in their two decades of marriage.
The accountant from Fallodon Way also announced his intention to be a 21st century mayor, launching a Twitter account, a blog and a Flickr account on the same day.
Mr Gollop said: “Like so many of my predecessors the honour is even greater being born and bred Bristolian.”
He also pledged to do his best to improve the standard of debate at city council meetings.
The new mayor said: “I’ve not met one member who finds full council useful, constructive or even enjoyable.
“I hope to be able to work with whips to find ways to make council work better.”
Tributes were also paid to Mr Smith, who stood down from the role after 12 months.
Mr Smith joked that people thought a Lord Mayor from Hartcliffe would run off with the chain of office, adding he and the Lady Mayoress had been tempted to sell it to the pawn shop in East Street, in his Bedminster ward.
The Lord Mayor’s year can be followed on twitter (@BrisLordMayor) and his blog (BristolLordMayor.wordpress.com), also images through flickr.com/BristolLordMayor.