Lord Mayor invested in 800th year of the role.
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NEWCASTLE has welcomed a new Lord Mayor - in the 800th anniversary year of the mayoralty of the city.
After 12 months in the role, Liberal Democrat councillor Ian Graham stood down to welcome the city's 19th woman in the position - councillor Hazel Stephenson.
Coun Stephenson, who represents Scotswood and Benwell, follows in the footsteps of her late father, Councillor Terry Cooney, who was also Lord Mayor.
Sheriff and Deputy Lord Mayor will be Linda Wright.
Lord Mayor Stephenson said: "It's a great honour to become Lord Mayor of Newcastle, especially in the 800th anniversary of the city's mayoralty.
"I am a great believer in getting things done by bringing people of all faiths, backgrounds and ages together to work in the best interests of this great city.
"I hope to use my year to do a lot of good things that help people in their lives."
Coun Stephenson was first elected councillor for Benwell and Scotswood on October 14, 1999.
Following the election of a Labour administration to Newcastle City Council in May 2011, she was made cabinet member for chief executive and corporate services.
In 2015/16 she stood down as a cabinet member to become Sheriff. She was invested as Lord Mayor of Newcastle in May 2016 - the 800th anniversary of the mayoralty of Newcastle.
Hazel, a former careers and personal adviser, has also fulfilled a wide variety of other roles on and off the council.
She is a member of Constitutional Committee and Planning Committee - but it is her work representing the people of Benwell and Scotswood which makes her most proud.
Following the official handing over of robes and chains, attendees processed to nearby St Thomas's Church for a traditional service.
The Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor then returned to Newcastle Civic Centre for a reception to mark the occasion.
The Lord Mayor's chosen charities will support children, firefighters and dogs.
I hope to use my year to do a lot of good things that help people in their livesLord Mayor Hazel Stephenson
The new Lord Mayor and Sheriff process from St Thomas's Church to the Civic Centre in Newcastle