PAT Parker was sworn in as the new Mayor of Bridgwater on Friday.

Cllr Parker accepted the chains of office from outgoing Mayor Bill Monteith at a ceremony attended by dignitaries, friends and family.

Cllr Parker served as town Mayor five years ago, and has returned to office for the next 12 months, with wife Jennie as Mayoress.

Cllr Graham Granter will serve as Deputy Mayor.