Danny Brown 'proud and privileged' to be mayor of Hull
THE city's new Lord Mayor says he is "proud and privileged" to hold the title.
Labour Councillor Danny Brown was installed as Lord Mayor and Admiral of the Humber during a ceremony at the Guildhall.
The traditional occasion also marked the 100th anniversary of the creation of the Lord Mayoralty.
Mr Brown returned to frontline politics last year to defeat former council leader Carl Minns in the city's King's Park ward.
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Mr Brown told invited guests: "I am proud and privileged to be given this opportunity to be the First Citizen of this great city of Kingston upon Hull.
"Having been born and bred in Hull, living first in St Stephen's Street and going to school at St Charles Primary, if someone had took me aside back then and told me I was going to be Lord Mayor of this city, I would have thought they were mad.
"It just goes to show the impossible can happen."
Mr Brown was first elected as a councillor in 1988 representing Beverley ward and went on to become a cabinet member for social services.
He stood down from the council in 2002 and was subsequently made an honorary alderman but was persuaded to stand again last year.
Away from politics, the disabled councillor has previously worked for Beeline industries in Hull, as a social services inspector at the former Humberside County Council and as a project co-ordinator for the Age Concern charity, now known as Age UK.
He announced his chosen charities for the year will be Case Training, Age UK and the Hull and East Riding Institute for the Blind.
Speaking about his charity choices and his own background, he stressed the importance of all three organisations.
"I was very lucky to be born into a family who very much encouraged me to get on with life just like all my able-bodied friends.
"All the charities provide disabled and elderly people with opportunities to take part in life like anyone else. The greatest thing in life is opportunity."