Rose reflects on her third term as Brecon's mayor

By Brecon and Radnor Reporter in Local People

AS she prepares to hand back the mayoral chain, Rose Evans, has reflected on how her third term of office differed to her first in 1980.

Rose made history when she became first took up office in 1980, becoming the first female to hold the title since Gwenllian Morgan way back in 1910.

"It took 70 years then for another woman to become mayor," she said. "I was so honoured to have followed in Gwenllian Morgan’s footsteps. Not only was she the first Brecon woman to be a mayor, she was also the first in Wales."

Rose, from Llanfaes, first became councillor in the mid 1970s and says she’s seen the town change greatly since she first stepped into the Guildhall in the town. Taking up the mayoral office in 1980, she also held the honour in 2007 and 2016.

She has sat on a number of local community groups as well as working with Llanfaes Primary School, Brecon High School and Christ College.

"Town and community council didn’t have the responsibilities we have now," she said. "I have also seen the town change in so many ways, going from being a thriving military community to being heavily hit by recent recessions.

"It has been an enormous privilege to have served the people of the town for so many years and be mayor of the town for the third time. The twinning events have been extremely memorable, with members of twin towns visiting Brecon, boosting the economy through trade and putting us firmly on the global map.

"There have been so many memorable moments in all three terms of office but I am extremely honoured to be mayor of the town when the Military Battle school is given the freedom of the town. I wish my successor all the best for 2017/18."