Former musician John Whitby sworn in as Derby Mayor

Former vocalist with Derby band The Beyond / Gorilla John Whitby has been sworn in as Derby Mayor following being a ward councillor for Mackworth since 2010.

He was sworn in at a ceremony on 24 May 2017 and his musical past was noted as part speeches about him, and his contributions to the city.

Raised in Allestree Mr Whitby attended Derby Art College where he discovered music and formed The Beyond, later renamed Gorilla. As The Beyond the band supported names including Soundgarden and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers as well as releasing two albums. Re-emerging as Gorilla in 1995 they released a series of EPs.

Mr Whitby also referred to his past in music in his speech at the ceremony. His chosen charities for the year include Derby Museums, and he said, “I am very honoured becoming mayor – an ancient role that goes back centuries.”

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