SANDRA Spencer, who was born and raised in Ashbourne, has been elected as the town's new mayor following a ceremony last night.
A trained dental nurse, Mrs Spencer and her husband and consort Martin Spencer, were welcomed in to the role by fellow members of Ashbourne Town Council.
She will now become a familiar face at civic functions and events and chairman at town council meetings.
Mrs Spencer, 63, joined the town council in 2010 and was appointed deputy mayor by Steve Bull when he took over the top role in 2013.
She follows in the footsteps of her mother, Marion Abbott, a fondly-remembered town councillor who died in 1992 while serving as deputy mayor and a few months before she was due to take up the role of mayor.
She said: "It's not really for me, this role, it's for the town.
"I'm happy to wear the chains but I'm also well aware I'm doing it to represent Ashbourne and the people of the town.
"It's a great honour to do what I'm doing and I'm looking forward to it but with a little apprehension.
"I'll be doing my very best and you can only do your best."
Mrs Spencer has chosen to raise money through her year in office for soldiers' charity Help for Heroes.
She will officially begin her engagements in the town next month.