Portland's newest mayor was officially sworn in after being unanimously elected by councillors.

Dozens of people packed into a ceremony at Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy on Portland on Tuesday night to watch Cllr Charlie Flack become the island's mayor for the coming year.

Cllr Flack had already stepped up to the role in October 2017 when the previously elected mayor, Cllr David Thurston, was forced to step down due to health issues.

In a speech, Cllr Flack said his felt appointment was "bittersweet" due to Cllr Thurston's circumstances, but said he was looking forward to carrying on the role.

Cllr Flack said: "I'm humbled and honoured to take up the position of mayor, although I feel a touch of sadness for Cllr Thurston whose run was cut short due to illness.

"During my time I have attended many events on this wonderful island, here on Portland we have a fantastic community spirit. I admire and applaud the many volunteers on the island who give their time to support others.

"I look forward to the many different events and challenges that lay ahead."

Cllr Flack announced that his two chosen charities for the mayoral year are Southwell Smiley Faces and the 1st Weston and 2nd Fortuneswell Brownies.

During the meeting, Cllr Susan Cocking was voted in as deputy mayor and Cllr Ray Nowak elected to continue as chairman of Portland Town Council.

Cllr Thurston could not attend the meeting due to a family emergency.