All change for chains of civic of­fice

Llanelli Star - - NEWS -

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.

Pic­ture: Derek Har­ries Pho­tog­ra­phy

New Llanelli Mayor, coun­cil­lor John Jones.

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