Birmingham's new Lord Mayor yesterday said he wanted people in the city to display the community spirit that helped Britain to win the Second World War.
Councillor John Hood was speaking in the Council House chamber as he was officially announced as the new Lord Mayor during the annual meeting of the city council.
The former superintendent in charge of Sutton Coldfield police station told councillors that he wanted citizens to get involved with the Year of the Volunteer by engaging with charities and voluntary organisations.
The 67-year-old, who was also in the Royal Military Police, said he was proud to be Lord Mayor as Birmingham remembered its important role in defeating Nazism.
He said: "Birmingham provided much for the war effort. As second city we provided the soldiers to fight and we also had thousands of people working in the factories producing ammunition and Spitfires.
"Birmingham was one of the most heavily bombed cities outside London but morale never diminished. I would like to see this community spirit come back again, especially as it is the Year of the Volunteer."
The annual meeting also saw Coun Paul Tilsley (Lib Dem Sheldon) being appointed deputy council leader in place of Coun John Hemming ( South Yardley), who won the Yardley seat at the General Election.
Coun Tilsley also becomes leader of the Liberal Democrat Group.