Aberystwyth mayor is newly-elected councillor Dylan Lewis

Dylan Lewis Dylan Lewis said being elected mayor was a very humbling experience

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A newly-elected councillor in Aberystwyth has been voted in as mayor at his first town council meeting.

Dylan Lewis, 45, became a councillor following this month's local elections, and suggested he was made mayor because he was a "safe pair of hands".

He replaces Richard Boudier, who did not stand for re-election and at 23 was one of Wales' youngest mayors.

The deputy mayor, who was in line for the ceremonial post, lost her seat at the elections.

That sparked an election for mayor between Mr Lewis and council colleague Mair Benjamin, which he won by 11 votes to six.

It is thought to be the first time in Aberystwyth that a newly-elected councillor has been made mayor at his first town council meeting.

Mr Lewis said it was the "furthest thing from his mind" when he stood for election as an Independent in the Penparcau ward.

Asked how he felt after being elected mayor, he said: "Shocked, you could say that. Most mayors get 12 months as deputy mayor to prepare for the lead role.

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It's a very humbling experience and I'm very proud to hold the position”

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"It's a very humbling experience and I'm very proud to hold the position. I'm very grateful for the support of my fellow councillors and the public."

He said he was approached ahead of Monday's council meeting and given an hour's notice that he was being proposed as mayor.

"I want to be an ambassador for Aberystwyth and do whatever I can to move Aberystwyth forward," Mr Lewis added.

He is vice-chairman of Penparcau and West Aberystwyth Communities First Partnership, a project helping disadvantaged communities.

He also sits on the board of mental health charity Mind Aberystwyth, and works as a freelance community development consultant and trainer.

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