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Mayoralty a family affair

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Father and son: Deputy Mayor and Mayor of Llanelli, Clive and Bill Thomas

Father and son: Deputy Mayor and Mayor of Llanelli, Clive and Bill Thomas

LLANELLI HAS had 42 town mayors since the Town Council was established in 1974. There also has to be a Deputy Mayor and there have been some rather interesting combinations over the years including the last Mayor and Deputy Mayor pairing of two sisters.

The current pairing is possibly unique in the Town’s history with Councillor Bill Thomas and Councillor Clive Thomas as father and son Mayor and Deputy Mayor but also to have the Mayor’s daughter as Consort.

Cllr Bill Thomas was installed as Llanelli Town Mayor at the Annual Meeting on Tuesday (May 3). His Consort for the year will be his daughter, Jessica.

In response to his election, Cllr Thomas said: “Jessica and I look forward to the coming year with great anticipation and I thank the Town Council sincerely for the honour and the responsibility which you have entrusted to both of us.

“We shall do our best to fulfil your trust, and to bring credit to the office of mayor and to the Town Council”.

The Deputy Town Mayor, elected at the same meeting, will be the Town Mayor’s son, Cllr Clive Thomas, while the Deputy Mayoress will be Cllr Clive Thomas’s wife, Mari.

In accepting the position, Clive said: “I feel extremely privileged to be given this opportunity of serving the council and the town mayor, and it is with particular pleasure that I accept the appointment”.

In her valedictory speech, the outgoing mayor, Cllr Shahana Najmi said: “I am a very proud person having had the honour of being Mayor of this fine town of ours. I am delighted to have been Mayor and enjoyed almost every minute of my year in office.

“It is a fantastic experience giving me the opportunity to meet so many interesting people from different backgrounds and I must say that everywhere the mayoral party go we are given a great welcome”.

As Mayor, Councillor Thomas will now be involved in hundreds of functions throughout the year involving local community groups and charities.

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Detectives ask for help following an assault outside a Llanelli bar

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DETECTIVES from Dyfed-Powys Police are looking to speak to several men to help with its enquiries following an assault outside a Llanelli bar.

At around 3am on Monday, 29 August, a man was attacked outside the Met Bar in Station Road. He was left with a fractured eye socket, cuts and bite marks.

Anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police, either online at https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org. Quote reference: DP-20220829-062.

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Prince and Princess of Wales to visit Wales

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THE PRINCE and Princess of Wales have planned a trip to Wales to visit a variety of communities across the nation and learn about the work of key charitable organisations. 

The Prince and Princess have a deep affection for Wales, having made their first family home in Anglesey, and have thoroughly enjoyed their previous visits and the warmth and kindness shown by the Welsh people. 

Their Royal Highnesses are looking forward to spending more time in Wales over the next few years, they hope to strengthen their relationship with communities in all parts of Wales. 

During their first engagement, Their Royal Highnesses will visit the RNLI Holyhead Lifeboat Station, where they will meet crew, volunteers and some people who have been supported by their local unit.

Holyhead is one of the three oldest lifeboat stations on the Welsh coast and has a remarkable history of bravery, having received 70 awards for gallantry. 

Their Royal Highnesses will then take a short walk to the Holyhead Marine and Cafe Bar, where they will meet local people, including representatives of small businesses and organisations, including the Coastguard and Sea Cadets. 

In their second engagement, the Prince and Princess of Wales are expected to visit Swansea. 

Their Royal Highnesses will visit St Thomas Church, a re-developed church in Swansea which supports people in the local area and across the City and County of Swansea. 

Over the last two years the church has been transformed into a thriving community hub and is home to a vast array of services, including:

  • A foodbank which supports over 200 people per week
  • Swansea Baby Basics which distributes essential items for vulnerable mothers across the city, such as toiletries and clothes
  • Facilities for the homeless including food, showers and toilets
  • A not-for-profit cafe and community training kitchen
  • A surplus food distribution network which collects food from supermarkets at the end of each day and distributes it from the church to prevent food waste and to help end food poverty

As part of their visit, Their Royal Highnesses will meet those volunteering at the church across different initiatives including Baby Basics and the foodbank. Their Royal Highnesses will also spend some time meeting members of the public gathered outside the church. 

The Princess of Wales has previously worked with Baby Banks and the in summer of 2020 brought together 19 British brands and retailers to donate over 10,000 new items to more than 40 baby banks nationwide, operated by Baby Basics, Little Village and AberNecessities. 

Her Royal Highness has visited a number of baby banks across the UK, including in London, Sheffield and West Norfolk where she has spent time speaking with families about their experiences of using their local baby bank services, as well as helping unload donations. 

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Road closed after man suffers serious injury in Burry Port

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OFFICERS from Dyfed-Powys Police are investigating after a man suffered a serious injury in Station Road, Burry Port.

Officers were called to a report that the man had suffered an injury at around 10.45pm on Saturday, 24 September. He has been taken to hospital.

A 39-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of assault. He remains in police custody.

A road closure is in place for scene preservation and is likely to remain for a number of hours.

Anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police, either online at https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org. Quote reference: DP-20220924-360.

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