WARRINGTON'S new Mayor Cllr Steve Wright was described as a "true working class hero" when he was elected at the annual meeting of the council.
Cllr Wright, who represents the Latchford East Ward, took over from retiring Mayor Cllr Mike Biggin.
A born and bred Warringtonian, Cllr Wright, was nominated by his fellow ward councillor Hans Mundry.
"Steve is a true working class hero who shows that anyone can achieve anything if they work hard enough," said Cllr Mundry.
Cllr Wright, father of five, who works as a community co-ordinator at St Margaret's Community Centre, will be supported by his childhood sweet heart Julie, as Mayoress. Former finance chief Peter Carey, was elected deputy mayor.
Commenting on his appointment as Mayor Cllr Wright said: "To be made Mayor of my home town is truly humbling.
"I am extremely proud to be the 129th Mayor of Warrington.
"I will strive to ensure that everything I do is for the benefit of the people of Warrington but I will never forget my duty of service as the elected member for Latchford East.
"I am extremely proud of my Warrington roots and I see my role of Mayor as being an opportunity to put something back into the community and I want this role to be delivered as value for money."
Cllr Wright was born in Orford and went to English Martyrs school and served an apprenticeship as a plasterer. He later worked at Alcan before his community work.
He has supported many community initiatives and was a volunteer with St John Ambulance for many years.