Mayor making in Newtown
Employees of on call firefirefighters in Newtown have been given awards by the town council.
At the annual mayor making evening Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn Town Council, Sue Newham, Mayor of Newtown, gave the special awards to Malbay Homes, Heart of Wales Property Services, Maldwyn Dragons, Gymnastics Club, Newtown Plastics, Texplan, and the National Canine Training Centre.
She said: "We recognise the vital role that employers play in releasing fire fighters when they attend emergency incidents."
There were also awards to members of Newtown tourism groups.
Councillor Newham took her oath of office at the mayor-making ceremony.
She talked of some of the council's achievements over the year, including the transfer of the green spaces from Powys County Council.
She thanked members of the Going Green for a Living Land Trust, praising their perseverance.
"There really have been some very bleak periods. Your patience and tenacity will result in a lasting legacy in this town."
The Mayor listed and thanked local organisations for their work in Newtown saying volunteers created a feeling of community in the town.
"This sense of community has deep roots in Newtown, going back through history. It gave the young Robert Owen valuable lessons about treating others with respect and kindness in the 1770s which went on to influence the way he ran his mill factories and organised his businesses. It also fuelled his writings which led to the birth of the Co- operative movement. Newtown has been, and still is, a place where many individuals have had the courage to dream big dreams and plan impossible projects, made brave by the support and kindness of local people. Long may it continue."