A COUNCILLOR is set to become Bangor’s youngest ever Mayor later this year.

It is believed that, once elected in May, Owen Hurcum who is just 22 years old will also become the youngest mayor in Wales and, most likely, the whole of the UK.

Cllr Hurcum, who represents the city's Glyder ward, has been on the council for the past three years and has been deputy mayor for the last year.

Described as "proudly genderqueer", they were born and raised in London but moved to Bangor to study Archaeology before graduating in 2019.

Cllr Hurcum was voted in as Mayor elect at a meeting of the council on March 9 and, although there will be another meeting and vote before they are officially unveiled as Mayor, they are expected to take up the position on May 11.

Speaking on becoming Mayor elect, Cllr Hurcum said: "I'm extremely humbled and incredibly privileged to have been elected to become Mayor of Bangor for 2020/21.

"I'm looking forward to continuing to work with the city's fantastic group of hard-working councillors on what's important and what's best for Bangor.

"From a personal point of view, I want to secure more local housing for local people, and work on the greening landscapes of our city as that is something I'm very passionate about. There is already a movement in place to plant 60 Japanese trees at Ashley Jones fields.

"I will also aim to make the links between the University and the community more visible. Having studied there and worked for the council, I have seen the best of both worlds and want others to see what can be achieved when they work together."

Cllr Hurcum, who is a Plaid Cymru councillor, has offered a helping hand to several events in Bangor in recent years - including in the creation of 2019's Bangor Pride festival.