THE WOMAN known far and wide as 'Phyllis Havenhurst' has been installed as new mayor of Milford Haven.

Cllr Phyllis Williams, who was matron of the residential home for nearly 30 years, formally took office at Milford Haven Town Council's AGM on Monday.

Cllr Rhys Sinnett, fresh from success in the county council elections, was made deputy mayor.

Outgoing mayor Cllr Anne Hughes' original successor was Cllr Maurice Hart. After a year waiting in the wings, however, Cllr Hart lost his seat at the recent election, prompting the selection of a new mayor and deputy.

Proposing Cllr Williams, Cllr John Roberts highlighted her 20 years experience as a magistrate and her membership of organisations including the Soroptimists, the Inner Wheel, the Ladies Probus and Neyland Ladies Choir.

"Her enthusiasm and leadership will be of great benefit to the town council and the people of Milford Haven" said Cllr Roberts.

Accepting the chain of office, Cllr Williams paid tribute to Cllr Hughes and said she aimed to lead the council "sensibly and properly."

Cllr Williams also stressed the need for the council to support people who served the town and its people in the voluntary sector.

"These people are the fabric of society and the backbone of our town, and we must never forget them" she said.

Proposing Cllr Sinnett as deputy mayor, Cllr Colin Robbins described him as "dedicated and industrious in all his endeavours for our town and its residents."

"I'm absolutely thrilled" said Cllr Sinnett.

"It may not be very fashionable to say so, but I love this town an awful lot and I'm looking forward to doing what I can to help the mayor, serve the town and work for the community."