The Mayor of Penarth Cllr Ken Lloyd and his Consort – Georgia Bennett – pause at the entrance to All Saints’ Church, Penarth where the Reverend Canon Peter Cox invited the Mayor to swear the mayoral oath – witnessed by the Civic Services Lead Officer and the Civic Services Support Officer of Penarth Town Council

A civic service for the 2017/18 Mayor of Penarth, Cllr Ken Lloyd ,attracted a capacity congregation at All Saints Church yesterday afternoon.

Prior to entering the church the Mayor  – accompanied by his consort,  Georgia Bennett –  was required to swear the traditional oath of office administered by the Reverend Canon Peter Cox  in the presence of two senior Penarth Town Council officers.

A solemn moment as the Mayor of Penarth Cllr Ken Lloyd (Conservative Cornerswell) responds to the formal oath of duty read to him by the Reverend Canon Peter Cox. With the Mayor is his Consort  Georgia Bennett. This is a part of the Civic Service which is out of sight and out of earshot of the main congregation at All Saints .

At the church door the Reverend Peter Cox  read out the wording of the oath and invited the mayor to affirm his commitment, properly to undertake the duties of the Town Mayor with “honour and pride”.

As the mayor duly made that solemn undertaking, his affirmation was witnessed by two senior Penarth Council officials –  the Civic Services Lead Officer and the Civic Services Support Officer.

The Mayor and his Consort are guided to their seats by the Civic Services Lead Officer

The mayor and his consort then entered the church to participate in the traditional annual service . The congregation included members and officers of Penarth Town Council along with mayors, civic dignitaries, councillors and  distinguished guests from other towns in the Vale. Penarth Town Council  had also used its website to issue an open invitation to the “townspeople and visitors” to attend the service.

The hymns chosen were “What a Friend we have in Jesus“, “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name” and “Calon Lan[Pure Heart]   . A musical interlude was performed by soprano Llinos Haf Jones –  which included “Summertime” from “Porgy and Bess” – and was followed by an address by the Reverend Peter Cox.

Donations were received in aid of the Mayor’s two chosen charities, Cancer Research UK and the Royal National Institute for the Blind. The service ended with the singing of the Welsh National Anthem and of “God Save the Queen” which most –  but not quite all –  Labour councillors in the congregation felt able to sing.

With the formalities over, the Mayor, guests and congregation were invited to the Paget Rooms to partake in refreshments.

Cllr Ken Lloyd was elected Town Mayor in May this year but the civic service is normally held at this later point in the civic year. The controlling Labour Party considers it a collegiate gesture to invite a member of “the other party” to occupy the ceremonial office of Mayor of Penarth for one year out of its 5-year term of office. Labour will remain in power until 2022  giving the party an unbroken 10 years in control of Penarth.


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  1. Chris David says:

    Quite worrying really that our “leaders” should still find it necessary, to chant platitudes at one of the 1,000’s of fictional gods (no caps- not real) in order to officially empower their office. Still, refreshing the new Mayor didn’t ban the press and public, encrypt the minutes of the service and have the police stake the Paget Rooms out for middle age terrorists.

    • Buster says:

      Or, in your case, elderly trolls

    • Mark Foster says:

      Here we go again. Christophe, you need to understand that Judaism, Christianity and Islam are monotheistic religions with one God, Allah or Jehovah. If you did some reading you would have a better understanding, mon cher ami.

      (There’s hope for Christophe yet, with Verdi’s Rex Tremendae Majestatis and Salve Me Fons Pietatis. LOL.)

      • Chris David says:

        Monotheistic! with two names + in the new testament / Koran and a couple more the nasty sod has in the old testament- Oh with 935 true ways of worshiping the cloud king. Naw I’d rather Thor or one of the other true jobbies if I need a crutch. I rather like Aither, Akmon, Ether God of light and the atmosphere. very PTC. Read kings 31- verse 14 on, nice chap.

  2. Anne Greagsby says:

    Time to take religion out of politics. Most people don’t do god. Are our Cllrs looking to gain some glow of moral superiority by wallowing in pious words at church. Often there is an alternative motive.. …Just happen to be reading Political Chameleon… George Thomas at the moment.

  3. Bob Williams says:

    Did notice a St Augustine’s councillor refusing to sing God save the Queen, why am I not surprised.
    Bob Williams

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