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...
Christmas fast approaches and we prepare to celebrate this special
time of year, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you
all a very happy Christmas."
am now over half way through my second year in office, and the
time is truly flying by. Following a wonderful first year as Mayor,
the second year has so far proved equally rewarding, granting
me the honour of meeting so many wonderful people in our community."
year, in a break with tradition, I appointed no less that four
local charities that will be the focus of my fundraising efforts
throughout the year. It was a truly difficult decision to make,
with so many good causes locally deserving of support. But I feel
that the BARB hovercraft, Highbridge festival of the Arts, and
both the Burnham-On-Sea Dreamscheme and Highbridge Dreamscheme
help so many local people of all ages in a variety of ways. I
wish them all well in what they do and achieve."
"As in the past year, the downturn in the economy is making
itself felt for many of us with many families finding it difficult
to make ends meet, and the stress and worry that these difficult
times bring. Let us hope that those finding themselves in difficulty
may have a respite from their problems over the festive season,
and are able to celebrate a happy Christmas."
spring saw the Royal wedding of William and Kate, the atmosphere
of Burnham and Highbridge was simply wonderful, with so many parts
of our communities coming together to celebrate that wonderful
occasion. The support Maria and I received from our own Royal
street party was well beyond what I expected with many, many people
giving their time and support to help make the day the success
it was. From visiting many street parties around the towns, to
hosting our own party in the afternoon, the whole day was one
I don't think I shall ever forget."
"We are reminded daily about events in the fields of conflict
around the world, and my thoughts go out to all our brave servicemen
and women that are away from their homes this Christmas and to
their families that are awaiting their safe return."
"A very special thank you to the many wonderful people that
it has been my privilege to meet through out the year. From returning
to annual events, to visiting new ones, the warmth and welcome
we have received has been astounding, and it fills me with pride
to know that there are so many people within our area that work
tirelessly to keep our communities alive."
"To all the people of Burnham and Highbridge, God bless
you all, and I wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy and
prosperous New Year."
Pictured: Top, Burnham's Mayor and Mayoress with Santa, the
Mayor's official cadet and chaplain, and, above, his deputies