The handing over of the Milford Haven mayoral chains this week marked a special milestone — Councillor Eric Harries’ fourth term in office.

Cllr Harries was also mayor of the town in 1979, 1990 and 2006 and accepted the mayoral chains on Monday night from outgoing mayor, councillor Tony Eden.

Councillor Harries said: “Tony has served his term with great humility and distinction.

“There have been many highlights over the year but I think his mayor’s charity award evening was the greatest.”

In his closing speech, Cllr Eden thanked the council for its support during his term and said the regeneration of the town was still a top priority.

He said: “There is still much to be done in the town.

“It is essential we cement a better relationship with Pembrokeshire County Council.

“All we ask for is a fair share of the purse.”

Cllr Eden added: “Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would have held this position and I have enjoyed every moment.”

After his wife Joyce died last year, Cllr Harries appointed his daughter Sarah Solomon as his mayoress for the year.

“I hope I can assist my father to carry out these duties as well as my mum, the late Joyce Harries, did in the past,” Sarah said.

Councillor John Cole said: “Eric will be a great credit to Milford Haven this coming year and will make his mark.”

Cllr Harries confirmed Canon John Davies will be the town chaplain for the forthcoming year.

Newly-appointed deputy mayor, David Friend, said: “I will represent the town to the best of my ability.”