I, LIKE many of you, am glad to see the back of 2011. The stringent measures the government has imposed upon us have left many people in dire straits and my heart goes out to those who are struggling to survive.
However we must look forward to 2012 with optimism that our economy will bounce back. It will be a long haul but our British bulldog spirit will shine through.
During my busy and sometimes hectic schedule as the Mayor I have met many wonderful people and organisations who care for others less fortunate than themselves.
There have been so many highlights to my year already, including meeting people from the Kingfisher Trust Café, the Alzheimer’s Society, the LEAPS fund-raising days, the Macmillan teams, and Bridlington Lions Club to mention but a few, and the selfless work they do is very inspiring.
I thoroughly enjoyed the Christmas event this year in town which was a festive day with the newly introduced ‘Bridopoly’, the Spa’s pantomime cast, my charity stalls, the Bears and all the lovely choirs. Surprising the Christmas card winner Kailee Jenkinson at her school with her family was a lovely mayoral duty that I will remember too.
Bridlington Hospital has taken on board the concerns of the residents and is gradually reinstating certain services such as surgical operations, thus alleviating travelling to Scarborough for many people of the town.
The Promenades Shopping Centre is looking more prosperous due to the opening of some new outlets and hopefully some of the other empty shops in the town centre will be opened in the coming year to help all of the businesses in our town.
Like many of you I am concerned about the financial difficulties the Priory Church is facing and I would urge you to join and become ‘A Friend of the Priory’ and make a donation, however small.
May I say that it has been an honour and a privilege to serve you all as mayor of this wonderful town and as the dark days of winter fade let us all look forward to spring and the creation of new life. I know the surgery will be painful but we will recover!
May I, on behalf of my fellow councillors and staff of the Town Council, wish you all the very best for the New Year.