TWO teenage army cadets will be assisting Rhyl’s new mayor over the next 12-months.

Royal Welsh Regiment cadets Lillie McCabe-Allen and Rhys Hatenboer will accompany cllr Ellie Chard to some of her civic engagements.

The pair were selected in recognition of their work with the army group which meets twice a week at John Street.

Louise McCabe-Allen, Rhyl Platoon Instructor, said: “Rhys and Lillie embody what it is to be a good army cadet.

"They are committed to attending and demonstrate the values of a good citizen; showing respect and helping to nurture the young cadets as they rise through the ranks.

“This is a super opportunity for them.”

This is the second time that cadets have been chosen to accompany the mayor, a practice started by 2018 incumbent cllr Win Mullen-James.

Both Lillie, 15, and Rhys, 13, would like to pursue a career in the army.

Lillie is a pupil Eirias High School in Colwyn Bay and Rhys attends Rhyl High School.

The honorary title pays homage to the work of service groups in the town and is shared between air, sea, and land forces.

Both cadets said they were ‘honoured’ to accept the positions and were looking forward to representing the town, particularly on Remembrance Day.

Cllr Chard said: “Rhys and Lillie are enthusiastic and dedicated cadets who, I am sure, have great army careers ahead.

“We have much to look forward to together over the next 12 months, and I am delighted to have two inspiring young people to accompany me on notable civic engagements."