Things are going to be different, says Councillor Magid Magid, now he is Sheffield's lord mayor. And if certain quarters of the city become ruffled by any departures from longstanding traditions, he won't be concerned – they will just have to adapt.
"I hope by the fact I am a black, Muslim immigrant – everything the Daily Mail probably hates – people will look and say 'In Sheffield we're proud of doing things differently, and celebrating our differences'."
Tomorrow Magid becomes the 122nd lord mayor, a ceremonial role that dates back more than a century. He will be, according to convention, Sheffield's first citizen, meeting high-profile visitors, attending all the most prestigious functions and acting as a figurehead for the city.