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Long-serving councillor becomes Lord Mayor

Swansea Councillors have seen two of their long serving colleagues become Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor of our city.

Councillor David Phillips and Councillor Sybil Crouch

Councillor David Phillips, Castle ward member, was inaugurated at a special ceremony at the historic Guildhall on Friday (18 May).

As Lord Mayor he will have an important civic and ceremonial role as our city's official ambassador. His year of duties will be varied and include receiving visiting dignitaries and presiding at civic functions. He will also be involved in raising money for local good causes.

His deputy this year will be Cllr Peter Black

Born and brought up in Liverpool, Cllr Phillips went to Quarry Bank High School where, among other well-known footballers, comedians and actors, John Lennon was a pupil.

Cllr Phillips said: "It is an honour to serve my adopted home city. I am thrilled and delighted. I don't think there is a higher accolade than to be nominated by my fellow councillors and I will work hard to uphold the role of First Citizen of our great city.

He added: "I've lived and worked in South Wales and Swansea for almost 50 years. It's been a huge privilege to serve the people of our city and the Castle community since I was first elected to West Glamorgan County Council in 1993, representing the Castle ward continuously since 1996."

Apart from the early years, Cllr Phillips' service as a councillor has been at Chair or Cabinet level in various portfolios; he was Leader of the Swansea Labour Party from 2004-2014, Leader of the Opposition from 2004-2012 and Leader of Swansea Council from 2012-14. He was 'Wales' Local Politician of the Year 2013-14'.

Cllr Phillips will be supported in his role by the Lady Mayoress, his wife, Cllr Sybil Crouch, who is also a Castle ward member.

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