Mayor Richard Hobbs welcome other council heads and guests to the annual City of Ely civic ball

PUBLISHED: 23:28 25 February 2018 | UPDATED: 23:28 25 February 2018

Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse

Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse

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With the mayor 10 months into his 12 month term of office, you might be forgiven for thinking Councillor Richard Hobbs and his wife Pat have begun to flag a little,

Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse

But then you would be wrong.

For he was at his heartiest and most welcome as he chatted to other civic leaders – many who have become friends during both his and their stint as mayor or local authority chairmen – at the City of Ely civic ball.

Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse

In their droves they lined up to be greeted, and personally welcomed, by the mayor and his wife during a gala evening at The Maltings. It is the mayor’s fourth time as holder of the office.

Once guests sat down to sumptuous meal, there was plenty of both laugh about – and to reflect upon – as Ely and Cambridgeshire undergo massive change.

Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse

Devolution has partly been responsible but for one evening that was forgotten as guests enjoyed dinner and took part in fund raising for Pos+Ability, a charity providing chair-based exercise and personal fitness for stroke survivors and people living with long-term neurological conditions.

He charity benefited by around £2,000.

Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse

Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse

Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse

Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse

Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse

Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse

Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse

Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse

Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse

Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse

Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse

Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse

Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse

Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse

Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse

Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse

Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse

Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse

Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse

Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse

Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse

Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse

Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse

Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse

Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse

Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse

Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse

Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse

Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse

Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse

Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse

Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse Mayor Richard Hobbs and his wife entertained civic guests and friends and supporters to the annual City of Ely civic ball at The Maltings .PHOTO: Mike Rouse

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