The Lord Mayor of Chester has issued his Christmas message for 2015:
As Lord Mayor of Chester it is my pleasure and privilege to be able to send you a message on behalf of the civic team for this festive season.
Since taking office in late May I have attended some 140 events, all of which have been extremely enjoyable and supporting many varied organisations and functions. I have met many inspirational people from all walks of life and I would like to thank everyone I have met for their kindness, warmth and hospitality.
As I have undertaken my civic duties, I have been greatly impressed by the range of activities and events that go on in and around the borough and the number of volunteers involved in charity work that takes place on a daily basis.
So many people go about their tasks quietly and often with little or no recognition, only seeking to make life a little better for those less fortunate than themselves.
Some of the highlights from my year have been awarding the late Sargent Michael Lockett’s children with miniature medals of the Military Cross, attending the Royal Welsh event in Cardiff, honouring the Queen’s 60 year reign with a local art and poetry competition organised for local primary schools and visiting the local care homes and charity events.
The festive season is often seen as a time for families and friends, but not everyone will be able to relax – some will have to be on duty. I am indebted to those who work over the festive season such as our emergency services, hospitals, doctors, rescue services on-call council services and charities who support the vulnerable at this important time of year. I also remember the men and women of the armed forces who serve and protect us year round.
There has been much sadness in the world since my inauguration, such as the tragic events in Tunisia and Paris to name but a few. Over this festive season I am sure that many of us will reflect on these in events and hope for more peaceful times ahead.
The festive season will mean different things to different people, not forgetting those who are unwell, who have been bereaved, the elderly, the vulnerable and those who feel lonely.
The Lady Mayoress and I would like to extend season’s greetings to you all and can we take this opportunity to wish you and your families a very happy and prosperous New Year.