Free tickets are available for Portsmouth's colourful mayor-making ceremony – the traditional civic event at which a new Lord Mayor is chosen.

The ceremony takes place on Tuesday 14 May at the Guildhall. The new Lord Mayor of Portsmouth will be formally elected at the annual meeting of the council from 10am. Doors open at 9am and guests are 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 next year.

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

Civic Awards will be made to residents who have shown outstanding community service.

Nominations for awards are as follows:

  • Posthumous Civic Award – John Holland
  • Civic Award – Brian Futcher, James Coomber, Mick May, Kayming Lai, Marcella Payne, Alison Irish, Terence and Denise Bryant, Eddie Salt
  • Youth Civic Award – Zephra Atkins

Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. They can be obtained from Cosham Library or the Central Library, or can be reserved by calling 023 9268 8938 or emailing