HE IS the first ever Test Valley mayor to follow in his father’s footsteps.

Cllr Carl Borg-Neal was given the honour of becoming the borough’s first citizen on Wednesday, 11 years to the day that his father Jim also took up to role.

The Andover councillor takes over from Karen Hamilton, who he deputised for last year.

And speaking about the upcoming year, Cllr Borg-Neal says he cannot wait to meet all the talented people that live in the Test Valley.

“I am very proud and happy that my fellow councillors have allowed me to become mayor,” he said.

“I am really looking forward to meeting the residents of the borough and also to visiting the of events I will get to attend.

“And of course all the talented people that the Test Valley has to offer.”

Cllr Borg-Neal added: “Some of the events (I will be attending) you might not get to go to or find yourself normally, but being mayor will allow me to experience them.

“I can also not wait to meet all the volunteers, helpers and carers who work in the Test Valley.”

Cllr Borg-Neal is a well-known face in the borough.

From teaching the Andover women’s touch rugby side to working as a bank manager for Lloyds.

And as he is unmarried, his mayoress will be his mother Maria – who has experience in the role.

“Let hope we are still speaking after a year of working together!” joked Cllr Borg-Neal.

“Mum has a lot of experience and her and dad are very happy for me and very proud.”

His charities this year will be: Romsey Young Carers; Romsey Opportunity Group; Romsey Dementia Action Group Romsey; The Countess of Brecknock Hospice: Andover Crisis and Support Centre; and Kids on Track (Andover).

At the mayor making ceremony at Crosfield Hall, Romsey on Wednesday, outgoing mayor Karen Hamilton thanked all those who made her mayoral year special.

She also admitted the experience has made her stronger and was happy she undertook the “journey”.