I’ve had an amazing year – thanks to all for your support

HAPPY Dennis Steadman
HAPPY Dennis Steadman
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It has been an incredible year, not only for me but for the whole country, which I feel could never be repeated.

With the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen, the Olympics and Paralympic Games, the 30th anniversary of the Falklands conflict, the 200 years since the birth of Charles Dickens, the list can become endless.

The way the whole population of this country reacted to it and celebrated was similar to the way the then population celebrated in 1945.

And as my mayoral year draws to a close I have been remembering some of the many wonderful events that I have taken part in and how it has affected me.

Becoming the mayor of the town in which you live gave me a feeling of pride tempered with a sense of humbleness at meeting people from all walks of life – from shaking hands and talking with royal figures to meeting and talking with, if you will pardon the phrase, the ‘ordinary man in the street’.

I have been truly astonished at the number of charity and volunteer groups that we have in Fareham and the work that these people do. I take pride in having met them all.

We have had two wonderful visits to Buckingham Palace, lunching in the Queen’s marquee at the New Forest show – actually sitting a mere table’s distance from her was incredible.

Our visits to HMS Collingwood and to Fareham College were a delight and we were treated with much courtesy and help with our charity and with the mayoral year in general.

I extend my thanks and gratitude to Commodore Mike Mansergh of HMS Collingwood and college principal Nigel Duncan.

May I thank all the friends who have supported me in making my charity Wessex Heartbeat a success but especially you, the wonderful public, who have helped make my year such a wonderful experience.