'TELL me how I can help'.

That was the message from Otley's new Town Mayor as she accepted the chains of office this week.

Councillor Mary Vickers succeeded Councillor Nigel Francis in the role at the Town Council's AGM on Monday, May 14.

This will be her second time as mayor and she told the meeting she intended to make it a busy one.

She said: "I am delighted and honoured to accept the role of Otley Town Mayor for the coming year.

"Every mayor who takes on this role does it differently, but I would like the Otley community, young and old, to tell me what they would like me to do for them.

"It is my intention to visit as many organisations as possible – schools, uniform groups, community groups like Otley Action for Older People, markets and any special celebrations where I am required, as well as representing Otley at civic events.

"I would also like to promote more pedestrianisation in the town which would help attract more visitors and the flow of traffic and improve the air that we breathe in the town centre.

"Although as mayor I am unable to implement this wish, I would like to hear any ideas from businesses and residents on this matter."

Cllr Vickers will be supported by three Consorts - former councillors Jim and Pauline Spencer and Scout Leader Mr Mike Edwards.

Her charities for the year will be Behind Closed Doors and the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts based at Otley Parish Church.