In a special ceremony at Caernarfon’s Institute recently a new Mayor was inaugurated for the town, Councillor Cai Larsen. Tight on his heels, was the newly installed 26 year old Deputy Mayor for Caernarfon, believed to be the youngest ever person in the role, Councillor Dewi Wyn Jones.
The ancient chain and reins were passed to the new Mayor, Councillor Cai Larsen, by Town Councillor Maria Sarnacki. Councillor Sarnacki carried out her duties for two years rather than one, due to the pandemic.
“It is a great honour,” said Councillor Cai Larsen, who also Chairs Plaid Cymru’s Gwynedd group of Councillors at the county council.
“This town and its people are now an integral part of me, and representing Canol Dre Ward, in Caernarfon, is an extremely rewarding job. I'm looking forward to the new duties that come with the role of Mayor and I hope that I will be able to positively influence the town's projects and represent the people of Caernarfon wherever I go.”
“A huge thank you to Councillor Maria Sarnacki for all her work, I definitely have big shoes to fill!”
Lynne Larsen, Cai's wife, will support him in the consort role as he begins his duties representing the Town Council and the people of Caernarfon for the coming year.
Cai is no stranger to hard work, he works voluntarily with Porthi Dre, he is Chairman of Cwmni Dre’s Board and sits on the management board of housing association, Adra. Cai has spent his career within the education sector before he retired as head of a primary school in 2017 when he was elected County Councillor.
One person keen to learn from Cai, will be Councillor Dewi Jones, a Cofi through and through. Dewi, a part-time teacher at Ysgol Glan Clwyd, St Asaph was elected Deputy Mayor at on the same ceremony as Councillor Cai Larsen
One of the town's former Mayors, Councillor Ioan Thomas said: “Dewi is an astute politician, he is very comfortable in his role and is an enthusiastic councillor working hard on behalf of his electors. He has a bright future ahead of him in the political arena, but he remains very true to his locality. I wish both Cai and Dewi well in their new roles.”
Following the ceremony, the Mayor's Night was celebrated at the Celtic Royal Hotel, Caernarfon. In attendance was the MP for Arfon, Hywel Williams and Siân Gwenllian the Senedd Member for Arfon, representatives from of the Welsh armies as well as other dignitaries, including the Mayors of other North Wales walled towns. Lord Dafydd Wigley congratulated Cai on his appointment via a video message.