Free tickets are available to residents who would like to attend Portsmouth’s annual mayor-making ceremony, which takes place on Tuesday 14 May at Portsmouth Guildhall.

This traditional civic event is when the current Lord Mayor takes their leave from office, a new Lord Mayor is elected, and newly elected councillors are presented.

The new Lord Mayor of Portsmouth will be formally elected during the annual meeting of the council, starting at 10am, with guests asked to be seated by 9.30am.

Councillors will make nominations for the new Lord Mayor before voting to decide who will hold the role for the following year. Once a Lord Mayor is chosen, they take up the post and nominate the charities for which they will be raising funds throughout the year.

As part of the ceremony the new Lord Mayor will receive the Keys to the City and be presented with the Portsmouth Sword, which symbolises the interdependence of the Royal Navy and the city of Portsmouth.

The mayor making ceremony is also an opportunity to honour people who make a real change to the city, with a series of civic awards presented by the Lord Mayor, recognising those people and organisations who have improved the local community and made a large contribution to the city and its people.

Free tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are available from Cosham Library, Central Library or the Guildhall Box Office from 10 April 2024.