Norfolk's former Lord Mayor of London has been made a Knight Bachelor in the King's Birthday Honours.

Nicholas Lyons was honoured for services to the financial sector, the growth economy and financial literacy.

Irish-born Mr Lyons, 65, who lives in Wells, had worked in the capital for more than 40 years before becoming its 694th ceremonial head in November, 2022.

He held the role for a year, acting as the figurehead for London's financial heart, hosting visiting heads of state and other foreign dignitaries on behalf of the King and government.

A float from Wells took part in Mr Lyons' Lord Mayor's Show - the traditional start to his year in office - which was themed around children, charity and community.

Wells 'quay workers' at the Lord Mayor's Show in 2022Wells 'quay workers' at the Lord Mayor's Show in 2022 (Image: Sorted.TV)

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Wells' entry focused on ‘quay’ workers including its fishing fleet, coastguard team and lifeboat crew, along with children from Alderman Peel High School.

"Wells is a thriving community, brimming with local activities all year round, and there has been enthusiastic support from the town," he said before the event.

"We have fantastic services here. Our key workers were amazing during the Covid crisis looking after everyone."

Mr Lyons and his wife, Felicity, moved to Wells in 2020 having lived in the nearby village of Stanhoe for 21 years beforehand.

Cambridge-educated Mr Lyons' career in the City included spells with the Morgan Guaranty Trust Company of New York,  Salomon Brothers and Lehman Brothers.

He specialised in advising banks and insurance companies on mergers and acquisitions and raising capital. 

He previously served as Sheriff of the City of London in 2021-22, in which he supported his predecessor as Lord Mayor on engagements and activities at home and abroad.