A Labour councillor has been elected as the new mayor of Wrexham during a meeting where sound issues left public viewers unable to hear him speak.

Whitegate councillor Brian Cameron was appointed to the role at the annual mayor-making ceremony held yesterday afternoon (Tuesday, May 25) at Wrexham's Guildhall.

Although councillors and a limited numbers of guests were able to attend in person, members of the public and press were restricted to watching proceedings remotely via a live webcast.

Most of the broadcast, which lasted for more than 19 minutes, did not contain any audio with human error understood to have led to the problems.

Viewers were briefly able to hear Llay councillor Bryan Apsley give thanks to outgoing mayor Ronnie Prince for his service.

However, lengthy speeches by Cllr Prince and his successor were not audible.

Cllr Apsley said: “I think the effort put in by all mayors and mayoresses is not recognised at all times, as it should be.

“But I and others had great pride at being present when the retiring mayor came to Llay to join in when we celebrated the occasion of the oldest man in Wales, Mr Geoff Patrick.

“The retiring mayor enhanced the day for Geoff and his family and friends.

“Having been present at functions in the village of Llay and neighbouring wards, your presence, support and interest shown in functions across the borough has been appreciated by many.”

He added: “I’m aware of how proud your family have been during your term of office, especially your mum and dad.

“Hopefully when you have some time for yourself, you will to be able to reflect on the many happy occasions that you have enjoyed and the memories that will last for years to come.”

Queensway councillor Carrie Harper later made light of the audio issues in a post on Twitter.

She said: “Great first full council meeting for the new term, no audio on the webcast!”

Wrexham Council has been asked to comment.