PENARTH’S new mayor has been elected.

Cllr Angela Thomas will be the mayor for Penarth from 2019 to 2020.

Cllr Thomas represents Plymouth Ward and served as deputy mayor for the last year, which included many duties and charity events alongside outgoing mayor Cllr Jon Luxton.

At the town council’s annual general meeting on May 17, Cllr Rhiannon Birch Wilson proposed Cllr Thomas and the motion was seconded by Cllr Laura Rochefort.

Cllr Thomas has named Emma Ross as her consort. She will also be supported by Cllr Mark Wilson, who was elected deputy town mayor.

Cllr Thomas succeeds Cllr Jon Luxton as town mayor and thanks were offered to Cllr Luxton for the dedication shown by himself, his mayoress and his consort over the past year.

Cllr Thomas will be fundraising throughout her year in office. Her nominated charity is the National Autistic Society Cardiff and Vale branch, a cause close to her heart.

Cllr Thomas said: “Firstly, I’d like to express my thanks to everyone for coming and to my fellow councillors for their support.

“Congratulations to Mark Wilson and Rhiannon Birch as his consort, I’m looking forward to working with them, but especially want to thank them in advance, for attending any events on my behalf.

“A special thank you to my friends and family who continue to support me, without their support over the years I wouldn’t have undertaken or been able to do the many things that I have.

“I especially want to thank Emma Ross for agreeing to be my mayoress, I know we will have lots of interesting and fun experiences, also I’m very lucky to have friends who are happy to volunteer.

“With the more family orientated mayoral events my six-year-old son, Ben, will enjoy joining us. This will be a good opportunity for him to gain a bigger appreciation of the diversity of people in Penarth, and help him to understand that the roles we fulfil are not restricted to any particular demographic.

“By and large, this is one of the biggest honours I’ve undertaken, and I am looking forward to the challenge.”