A brand new Lord Mayor has been elected in Portsmouth, with a Metallica track and Star Trek Klingon quote being included at his ceremony.
Labour councillor Tom Coles was chosen to take over from councillor Hugh Mason in Portsmouth, however he selected a much less conventional strategy to the service. The brand new mayor requested the ceremony begin with him strolling in to a well-known Metallica track.
Sporting his mayoral robes, Coles selected the band’s 1988 track ‘Eye Of The Beholder’ to be the music performed in the course of the historic occasion — a observe taken from the metallic band’s fourth studio album, ‘…And Justice For All’. Try footage of the second under (through BBC).
As if the selection of music wasn’t sufficient to make the ceremony one which attendees wouldn’t neglect, the brand new mayor additionally included a Klingon quote in his speech, paying reference to Star Trek.
“It’s been a protracted highway getting right here and I’m humbled and honoured to face earlier than you because the Lord Mayor,” he additionally stated on the annual metropolis council assembly (through Portsmouth’s The Information). “I’m trying ahead to creating this 12 months a terrific one for the residents of this nice metropolis.”
Metallica. CREDIT: Jeff Kravitz/Getty Photographs
Chancellor Coles, who works at QA Hospital and previously served within the Royal Navy, was first elected to his Fratton ward in 2018 after which re-elected in 2022. Lengthy-serving Lib Dem councillor Jason Fazackarley will likely be his deputy. He additionally served as Lord Mayor within the 2004/05 municipal 12 months.
“It has been a privilege to be the Lord Mayor of this nice metropolis,” stated the previous mayor, Hugh Mason. “I hope that my successor will discover it to be as fascinating and rewarding as I did.”
In different information, final month Metallica kicked off their ongoing world tour, in celebration of their newest LP ’72 Seasons’. Kicking off in Amsterdam on April 27, the primary evening of the exhibits was given a four-star evaluate by NME, who praised the band for his or her capacity to unite followers from all backgrounds with their efficiency.
“Metallica have all the time been a gateway band for heavy music, however there’s a renewed pleasure round them now. Tonight’s shocking, bold and giddy gig matches that power at each flip,” it learn. “From the beautiful ‘Nothing Else Issues’ by means of to the unifying ‘Search & Destroy’, the majesty of heavy music is on full show all through the gig as Metallica show why they’re clearly nonetheless the best metallic band round.”