Posted: Wed 28th Jun 2023

New Newport mayor says it will be ‘privilege’ to represent city

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This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Jun 28th, 2023

Newport’s new Mayor has said it will be a “privilege” to serve as the first citizen of the city. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Councillor Trevor Watkins was officially inaugurated as the Mayor of Newport at last night’s council’s annual general meeting. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Cllr Watkins, 79, has been a Labour party member for more than 60 years and was first elected as a Newport City councillor in 2004. He is replacing former Mayor, Conservative councillor Martyn Kellaway . ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

At the meeting on Tuesday May 16, Cllr Watkins said: “It’s a privilege to be selected as Mayor of Newport. The two charities I have chosen to support are very close to my heart.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

His chosen charities are the Gwent-based mental health charity Growing Spaces and the Motor Neurone Disease Association. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The Tredegar Park and Marshfield councillor said: “I was an instigator in getting Newport Council to recognise MND and I want to continue this.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Prior to becoming a councillor, Cllr Watkins worked in the security industry for around 15 years. He also worked for British Rail and ran a catering business. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Cllr Watkins has a number of hobbies which include gardening, stamp collecting and working on his American car. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Cllr Watkins’ daughter, Catherine Karlson, will be the Mayoress. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Cllr Watkins said: “Unfortunately I lost my wife in 2020, before the pandemic, so my daughter will be stepping in to the role.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Council leader Jane Mudd said she was “delighted” to see Cllr Watkins as Mayor. She described him as a “community-focused” friend and colleague. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The deputy Mayor, Cllr Pat Drewett, was also announced at the council’s AGM. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Labour councillor Drewett, who represents Allt-yr-yn, said: “I am very proud of my Newport roots and I feel so very privileged to have been given the task of serving the citizens of Newport as their deputy Mayor, which I will try do with integrity and in honour of my late wife, Joan, and of all my family.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

By BBC LDRS ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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