Thanks to those who were keeping the world turning

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Thinking about what to write in my first column of 2016 hasn’t been difficult.

Really, with so much that has been going on in the past couple of weeks, there could only be one subject – saying thank you to all the people who, while I was busy eating my own body weight in mince pies, were at work making sure the world could still turn.

While I was reading about it from the comfort of my warm lounge, telly on and choc box open, they were out in the wet and windy weather assessing, deciding and then ultimately repairing

A case in point would be the contractors working for Portsmouth City Council who were out repairing the sea defences that crumbled last week, including the massive sink hole that opened on Southsea promenade by The Pyramids.

While I was reading about it from the comfort of my warm lounge, telly on and choc box open, they were out in the wet and windy weather assessing, deciding and then ultimately repairing.

Let’s also spare a thought for the emergency services, not only on standby in case we need them but, as we’ve seen from the flooding in the north of the country, a vital lifeline when the unexpected happens and, literally, lifesavers.

I was talking to a mate’s brother before seeing the excellent Kojak’s Revenge at the Wedgewood Rooms last Tuesday (the band and venue staff also going back to work while I’m not just so I can have a great time with my mates) and he works for a company in Portsmouth that supplies bits for planes.

I didn’t understand why he had to go to work in the odd middle bit between Christmas and new year.

But then he explained how there might be a need for his services if planes operating at one of the busiest times of year happen to break down.

I also want to say thank you to the people at the gas and electric companies who ensure our services remain uninterrupted and, if power cuts do happen, work around the clock to get us reconnected.

It’s about saying thanks to the nurses, the doctors, the mechanics, the travel news people – anyone who helps those of us lucky enough to have the whole period off on holiday do whatever it is we want to do and stay healthy, safe and dry while we do it.

So to all those people I say thanks again and wish you a happy new year