A familiar face has been elected for another term as mayor of Ledbury.

Phillip Howells was elected at Ledbury Town Council’s annual meeting last night (Thursday, May 12).

The town council said Cllr Howells was chosen “following several nominations for town mayor, which were declined by the nominees”.

Councillor John Bannister was elected as deputy mayor.

Cllr Howells thanked the outgoing mayor, Cllr Andrew Manns, for his service over the past year, noting that his year had been restricted due to Covid restrictions and ill health.

Ledbury Reporter: Ledbury mayor Phillip HowellsLedbury mayor Phillip Howells

Marathon runner Cllr Howells moved to Ledbury in 2006 and has been on the town council since 2018.

He first served as mayor in 2019-20 and was deputy mayor last year, filling in as acting mayor in recent weeks.

Cllr Howells also represents Ledbury West on Herefordshire Council and stood for the Liberal Democrats in the most recent General Election in 2019, losing out to long-serving Tory MP Sir Bill Wiggin.

Ledbury Reporter: Deputy mayor John BannisterDeputy mayor John Bannister

Councillors at the meeting were also requested to advise which committees they would like to sit on over the next year - this information will be available on the council’s website shortly.

The chairmen and vice-chairmen of the committees will be elected at the first meeting of the new municipal year of each committee.