THE new mayor for Trowbridge is the town council's former deputy mayor, Cllr Peter Fuller.

Cllr Fuller, a member of the Conservative Party on the council, was elected unopposed elected at the town’s annual meeting on Tuesday May 19 evening.

He becomes the first mayor to be elected by the town at a virtual meeting - held online because of the Covid-19 coronavirus restrictions which ban public gatherings.

Cllr Fuller said: "It's a great honour to be declared the mayor of Trowbridge. It's a marvellous town and it's one that I am proud of."

Outgoing mayor Cllr David Cavill said: "Being mayor and chairman of Trowbridge Town Council has been a wonderful experience, providing me with many pleasurable memories, the most important of which is the privilege of being invited to almost 150 amazing events on your behalf - which would have been close to 200 had it not been for the current lockdown.

"My only regret is that I must now stand down just as I was beginning to get the hang of the job."

Cllr Steve Oldrieve, of the Liberal Democrat Party, was elected deputy mayor, while Cllr Stewart Palmen (LibDem) was elected the new council leader.

Cllr Palmen said: "It is going to be an eventful 12 months. I think there is a lot of important decisions that we are going to have to make in that time.

"I hope to lead the council fairly and for the best for the people of Trowbridge and I am looking forward to it very much indeed."

The council also elected chairmen and vice-chairmen for all of its committees.

There were no changes to their current representatives on outside bodies who will remain in place until May 2021.