December 11, 2010
message issued by Burnham and Highbridge's Mayor
and Highbridge's Mayor, Michael Clarke, has issued the following
Christmas message to residents of the two towns...
is upon us, and as we prepare to celebrate this special time of
year I would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas. I am
already over half way through my Mayoral year, and the last seven
months have flown by.
I was appointed Mayor back in May I felt truly honoured to have
the opportunity to hold this office and as the months have passed
by, the honour I felt then has grown and grown. In my acceptance
speech, I stated that I was looking forward to meeting as many
as possible of the groups, clubs, organisations and societies
that exist in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge, and to find out more
about what they do.
May I have been privileged to attend many of them and as a result
I have met so many wonderful people. The work that is carried
out behind the scenes in our towns is truly remarkable, and a
great credit to our communities and I wish them all well for the
future and trust that they will continue with the outstanding
work they do.
There is a great deal of uncertainty for many of us at present,
the world we live in has changed much in recent times, and although
Christmas is a time for celebration and happiness, we must bear
in mind those less fortunate than ourselves, and extend our help
and support wherever possible.
downturn in the economy will no doubt have left some of our local
businesses feeling gloomy, and it is at times like this that we
should endeavour to keep trade local, and support our local traders
whenever possible. They are part of our community, and their presence
helps to make our towns thrive.
The youth of our towns deserve a special mention, all of the
groups involving children and young people are been guided and
encouraged by people that really care, and the results are amazing.
Thank you to you all, you really do make a difference.
My thoughts are also with the Men and Women of our armed services,
and for the families of those who are involved in conflict. As
most of us are able to celebrate with our families, for those
serving far from home the strain on both them, and their loved
ones, must even more noticeable at Christmas.
To all of you that I have had the privilege of meeting this year
a very big thank you for making myself and my wife Maria feel
so very welcome. Every event that I have attended has seen a hand
of friendship extended, and I feel very fortunate to have met
so many wonderful people.
To all the people of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge, God bless
you and I wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year."