Mayor’s Christmas message

Gosport Sea Cadets on board Medusa help launch the Gosport Marine Festival in June     Picture: Heather Ewing
Gosport Sea Cadets on board Medusa help launch the Gosport Marine Festival in June Picture: Heather Ewing
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Christmas message from the Mayor of Gosport Keith Farr

As we approach Christmas, I’ve been looking back at 2015.

Needless to say, personally it’s been a great year and an honour to serve as Mayor of Gosport – a position I’m extremely proud to hold.

As my home town, and the place where my wife June and I met, married and brought up our daughter Vanessa, Gosport has provided us with many happy memories.

Those memories have further increased this year by all the wonderful people we’ve met and events we’ve attended.

A warm welcome was always extended, for which we are eternally grateful and we’d like to thank all the charities, groups and organisations who work so hard for the benefit of others.

Gosport residents are very supportive of local events and turned out in force to attend the Gosport Marine Scene Festival and P1 Powerboat Race earlier this year.

The hugely successful Summer Passport scheme saw youngsters taking part in activities as diverse as sailing, zorbing and even learning to drive.

I hosted a talk and musical event at Holy Trinity Church on Tuesday, December 15 to raise funds for my charities.

The civic carol service was also held at the church on December 20. This will bring the total number of engagements this year to around 200, including fetes, schools, civic events and visits to businesses as well as visitors to the Mayor’s Parlour.

Unfortunately for some, life isn’t always good and recent attacks on innocent people going about their everyday lives has brought a sadness to people worldwide.

Let’s not forget those in our Armed Forces who do their utmost to keep us safe every day and, in doing so are unable to be with their families at Christmas.

Wherever they are, we wish them well and a safe return. And if you know of an elderly person who lives alone, why not ask if they need some shopping, letters posting, prescriptions collected or simply a chat? You could be the first person they’ve spoken to in days.

Finally, I wish you all peace, goodwill and happiness for Christmas and 2016.