TENBY’S next mayor is to be Councillor Laurence Blackhall, has said it will be a “huge honour” to take on the role in the town which he first visited as a holidaymaker.

Councillor Blackhall (pictured), who joined Tenby Town Council in 2010, spent his professional career working in services for children and families.

Born in the West Midlands in 1968, he lived, studied and worked all over the UK before moving to Tenby - a place with which he has had a lifetime association.

He had previously worked as director of childcare for Walsall and in 2000 was seconded to work for the Department of Education as an advisor on early years education.

He is currently the chairman of Tenby’s De Valence Trust and also has a role as warden at St Julian’s Church at Tenby Harbour and is part of the ‘Soupermen’ catering team at St Mary’s Church.

He put his name forward for mayor at last week’s council meeting, and was praised by Councillor Mike Evans who said he had “worked very hard and tirelessly for Tenby.”