PEMBROKE Dock Town Council elected its 28th mayor on Thursday (May 8) evening.

Deputy mayor for 2013/14, Councillor Pam George, took the oath of office as the 2014/15 mayor following a unanimous vote at Pater Hall. It is the eighth time she has stepped into the role in her 35 years as a town councillor.

Cllr George’s granddaughter, 18-year-old Lauren George will be the mayor’s consort with Reverend Nicky Skipworth as chaplain. The 2012/13 mayor, Cllr Peter Kraus, was unanimously voted in as deputy mayor.

A vote of thanks was given to outgoing mayor Cllr Jane Phillips by Cllr George, who said: “Jane has been an excellent ambassador of the town, she has served the purpose as it should be, discreetly meeting people. A huge thanks to Jane, I know you’ve enjoyed it.”

Cllr Phillips said: “It’s been an honour and a privilege to have served the town at the 27th mayor of Pembroke Dock.

“The year has been exciting from beginning to end. I’ve met many interesting new people and learnt from experiences along the way, from my Japanese adventure in Portsmouth to welcoming the Queen to Pembroke Dock in our bicentenary year.”

Cllr Phillips thanked Cllr George, the former town clerk Moira Jenkins, the now town clerk Sarah Scourfield and the office staff for ensuring all her engagements ran smoothly.

“Finally, I wish to congratulate Pam and Peter on their appointment and wish them every success for the forthcoming year,” she added.

Cllr George, who is also chairman of the bicentenary group, said she was looking forward to representing the town during such a monumental year.

“There’s an awful lot now starting to happen in the town on the regeneration side of things,” she added.

“The more we can get residents involved, the more we can improve the town. Hopefully this is the year we will help everybody we can.”

Deputy mayor Cllr Kraus said it was an “honour” and a “privilege” to represent Pembroke Dock. His priorities are cleaning up the town and helping people whenever he can.

Councillors also decided on committee membership as well as representatives on outside bodies. A buffet was provided by the ladies of Pembroke Dock WI.