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Fishlock's Choice: Meeting the 'mock mayor' of Llansteffan

The tradition of a mock mayor in Llansteffan dates back to the 19th Century. Photo: ITV Cymru Wales

In tonight's episode of Fishlock's Choice, Trevor Fishlock meets the only public official in Wales who proudly boasts he exaggerated the truth to get elected.

The tradition of the 'mock mayor' of Llansteffan in Carmarthenshire began in the 19th Century as a wonderful joke to entertain huge numbers of miners who were taking their holidays in the seaside village.

The current holder of the role, Roger Davies, tells Trevor that the winner is chosen by a show of hands after the candidates have made wild promises - such as promising to discover oil along the coast.

Roger Davies currently holds the position. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

We've always got half a dozen going for it. They nagged me to have a go - I wasn't expecting to win, but I was elected.

– Roger Davies

Trevor also finds out about the Llansteffan's little-explored close links to Welsh poet and writer Dylan Thomas.

Llansteffan is a beautiful place, full of character, steeped in history - very much a haven for writers and painters over the last century.

Dylan was a child who spent a lot of time here in Llansteffan. There are places around here that are important in the development, I think, of his literature.

– Peter John Jones, artist
Artist Peter John Jones speaks of poet Dylan Thomas' links to Llansteffan. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Also in the programme, Trevor meets someone claiming to be the world’s strongest man during a walk along the coast to Llanelli, and he hears about the German WW2 aircraft that got lost and landed in Wales by mistake.

Watch Fishlock’s Choice tonight at 22:40 on ITV Cymru Wales, or catch up on the ITV Wales programmes page.

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