RHYL’S outgoing mayor has thanked those who helped support his flood relief fund.
Cllr Andy Rutherford, who finished his 12-month term last week, set up the fund in the aftermath of the floods which hit East Rhyl last December.
More than £66,000 has been raised including a contribution of £5,000 from their Royal Highnesses, Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and a grant of £24,375 by the Community Foundation in Wales on behalf of private individuals.
Cllr Rutherford said: “I wanted to take this opportunity of thanking everyone who has supported me this year, either personally or through donations and contributions to events that have been held to raise money for the floods or the mayor’s charities.
“It has been an honour and a privilege to serve as mayor for the town that I love and proud to call my home.
“I have been fortunate enough to see at first hand some of the hard work that goes on within our town for the benefit of all.
"This last year has been both enjoyable and at times testing, I have met so many people and made some new friends along the way, I have done my best to promote our town the best way I can.
“If anyone needed an example of how the community of Rhyl comes together in times of need, then it would have to be the floods that hit last year.
“We all saw the devastation that was caused, but in addition to the emergency services it was the community who stepped in, with help, support, food, clothing and much, much more.”