We have a rare event at this set of elections, a significant gain for the Labour Party.
Dan Norris returns to front line politics after almost a decade in the political wilderness, and has a job on his hands to show residents what this relatively new combined authority is all about. Many have no clue, or who his mayoral predecessor was (including the Prime Minister).
Just how much progress he can make tackling the regions chronic housing and transport issues remains to be seen.
For now, though, the Labour Party can console themselves knowing their core West of England vote has held strong. What chance a toast outside a certain Bath pub to celebrate I wonder?