VIDEO: New mayor urges Boston people to be proud of their town

With a vow to bring the community closer together, Coun Alison Austin was appointed Boston’s 480th Mayor.

At the mayor-making ceremony on Monday, outgoing Mayor Coun Paul Kenny handed over the chains of office to his diminutive successor.

Describing Coun Kenny as a ‘tough act to follow’ Coun Austin said she would aim to bring the community closer together and re-install a sense of pride in Boston for those who live here.

Couns Richard Austin and Stephen Woodliffe highlighted her background and the all the good work she has done in the local community over the years.

In response, the new Mayor quipped: “Thank you for the kind things they said about me - and the things they didn’t say about me.”

Thanking her husband Coun Richard Austin for his ‘support and encouragement’ and her late father, she added: “I was so privileged to grow up in a household where standing up for your rights was encouraged. I hope I have lived up to your expectations daddy.”