Councillor T. Alan Edwards was yesterday appointed the new Mayor of Wrexham.
Cllr Edwards’ wife Glenys will take over the role as Mayoress of Wrexham
Cllr Edwards follows Councillor I. David Bithell, who has served as the position of Mayor for the last 12 months. During his time as Mayor, Cllr Bithell and his wife, Virginia attended 535 engagements.
Councillor Barbara Roxburgh was apponinted Deputy Mayor for the next 12 months.
Some people have pointed out on our forums that there appeared to be a few empty councillor seats. We did a quick count and noted that 32 councillors were in attendance.
In his inaugural speech to attendees and councillors, Cllr Edwards said: “The proudest moments of my life are having children and walking my daughter down aisle, however this comes close.
“But from my visits as deputy mayor, I have seen that it still brings great pleasure to a lot of people to meet and spend time with their mayor and have them at their events.”
“It is the position of Mayor that counts and and is important for certain people.”
The position of the Mayor is one that has come under scrutiny in recent months, with some Wrexhamites feeling that in a time of budget cuts, the service should be scrapped.
Speaking yesterday Cllr Edwards said: “I expect this year will be challenging for the Council and the people of Wrexham, but I hope mine and Glenys’ visits can bring a small ray of sunshine
“Everyone is entitled to their opinion and there is no doubt in my mind that critics of the Mayoralty mean well.”
Cllr Edwards later added: “In an answer to a contentious question, I can confirm that I won’t be having a front tooth put in. My wife said with all my teeth I look like a horse.”
Cllr Edwards also announced the four charities that he would be supporting during his year as Mayor. The charities are The Lauren Brown Fund, The League of Friends at the Maelor, Nightingale House Hospice and the Alzheimer’s Society.