An historic mayor-making ceremony was held in Wisbech to welcome new mayor Michael Hill but the spirit of the occasion was dampened by four Independent councillors boycotting in protest.
The opposition councillors failed to send their apologies for not attending the event, protesting that the Conservatives chose a mayor without an open debate.
Outgoing mayor, councillor Sam Hoy, tweeted: “I find it appalling that not only did all four independents decide again to be petty and not attend mayor making, they didn’t even send apologies.”
She said they were within theirs rights to boycott, but their lack of apologies meant other guests who could have attended missed out.
Tweeting, Cllr Hoy defended the proposal for the mayor, saying it came from an independent councillor and a democratic vote.
Town councillor Steve Tierney, and chairman of Wisbech Conservatives, backed Cllr Hoy that the selection was democratic.
He tweeted: “I’ve already suggested Labour’s Reg Mee as Deputy Mayor next year.”
Wisbech’s new mayor Michael Hill was joined at the mayor-making event with his wife, Mayoress Jane Hill, the Mayor’s chaplain Father Paul West and new Deputy Mayor Cllr David Hodgson.
Michael, who has been a councillor for 11 years, welcomed chairman of Fenland District Council, Ken Mayor, along with guests and members of the Wisbech Town Council, and gave a speech saying he was looking forward to his term as mayor.