Boston’s new Mayor has made a plea for all to work together for the good of the town and borough.

Cllr Anton Dani, Boston’s 485th Mayor, told councillors and guests at Boston Borough Council’s annual general meeting on Monday night: “If we work together we can achieve a lot.”

He said he was humbled to become Mayor and spoke about his family’s arrival in the town: “Boston became our home – our neighbours, our streets, our shopping places. My life has completely changed. Let’s work together and put Boston first.”

He was proposed by Cllr Michael Cooper and seconded by Cllr Nigel Welton. The Deputy Mayor is Cllr Deborah Evans and Deputy Mayoress is Susan Gavey.

Cllr Welton gave a vote of thanks to outgoing Mayor, Cllr Judith Skinner, who he said had attended in excess of 100 events. Seconding that Cllr Tom Ashton said she had been “a paragon of civic virtue”.

Cllr Skinner said she had been enthused by the passion “shining bright” encountered among all those involved in all the events and let on that attending the Butterfly Hospice butterfly release had cured her of a phobia she had of butterflies since she had been a child.

She thanks retiring Deputy Mayor Cllr Yvonne Stevens for her support and friendship.

Mayor’s scout is Jenny Larkin and Mayoress’s guide is Lara Tarry.

The business of the council’s AGM included the re-election as Leader of Cllr Michael Cooper. Deputy Leader is Cllr Nigel Welton and Cabinet members are Cllr Nigel Welton portfolio holder for tourism, arts, culture and heritage , Cllr Aaron Spencer as finance portfolio holder, Cllr Yvonne Stevens for environment, Cllr Chelcei Sharman for town centre, Cllr Martin Griggs for housing and communities and Cllr Paul Skinner for regulatory services.

Committee chairman and vice chairman and representatives on external organisations were appointed.