The Irene was sailed across from Minehead to Barry by a group of young people from the YMCA and West Somerset Community College. The visit was arranged to celebrate the historic trading and cultural links between South Wales and minehead and it is hoped will become an annual event. The Mayor took part in an exchange of hampers at Barry, South Wales on board the tall ship 'The Irene'. Hampers of local produce were exchanged by young people of West Somerset and Barry in the hope that exchange visits would become a permanent event in the future. This was part of the first Minehead Harbour Festival held that weekend and the Mayor said that she would personally like to thank Steven Hooper the Visioning Manager for a very well organised event. The Hamper was raffled at the Festival on the Saturday with monies going to The Hope Centre in Minehead.
On the 16th May 2016 at the Statutory Annual Meeting of the Full Council Councillor Jean Parbrook was re-elected as the Mayor of Minehead, Councillor Andrew Kingston-James was elected as Deputy Mayor of Minehead.