All change for chains of civic office
THE new Mayor of Llanelli is a long-serving councillor who comes from near Carmarthen.
Councillor John E Jones was officially installed during the annual mayor-making ceremony took place at Llanelli Town Council’s Old Vicarage Council Chamber.
Mr Jones said he was very honoured to taking on the role of Llanelli’s First Citizen.
He promised to work diligently for the greater good of the community.
Mr Jones was born in White Mill and attended White Mill School and Nantgaredig School, just a few miles up the Towy Valley from Carmarthen.
His first job was at the famous Towy Works hardware and building supplies firm on The Quay in Carmarthen. He worked for more than 30 years in the Ambulance Service in Llanelli.
He was also a Magistrate for 20 years.
He was first elected as an Independent county and town councillor for Glanymor Ward in 2008 to 2012. He was the Deputy Mayor 2008–2009. He was re-elected as a town councillor in 2017.
The mayor-making was the last official duty for the outgoing mayor, Llanelli architect councillor David Darkin.
Mr Darkin thanked his wife Kim, his consort Cllr Suzy Curry and other civic dignitaries for their help and support during his mayoral year.
Mr Darkin also used his valedictory address to pay an emotional tribute to former mayor Pam Edmunds, who passed away in 2018.
Mr Darkin painted a bright picture of the work and future of Llanelli Town Council.
He made reference to the council’s work in completing numerous asset transfers and the help provided to numerous community organisations.
Mike Cranham was appointed as deputy town mayor. The annual meeting of the council was then adjourned to 6pm tonight.
New Llanelli Mayor, councillor John Jones.