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Christmas message from the Mayor

EREWASH’S Mayor Councillor Frank Phillips has issued a Christmas message to residents wishing them a “safe and peaceful” festive season – while telling how his thoughts will be with all those struggling amid the cost-of-living squeeze.

Cllr Phillips – who expressed his deep pride in wearing the chain of office – also said he is only too aware that for some in the borough Christmas can be a lonely time.

On Christmas Eve he will be attending the traditional Town Carol Service at St Mary’s Church in Ilkeston. The event at 7pm on Sunday 24 December features music from the Salvation Army Band. This is the Mayor’s Christmas message in full:

IT is my absolute honour, as the Mayor of the Borough, to share a Christmas message with all of our residents.

I am acutely aware of the constraints we are all feeling with the cost-of-living crisis. This is affecting all of us and, of course, it may be difficult to feel like celebrating the festive season. However, I would like to focus on the hope and light that Christmas can bring and the positives that this year has brought. 

The festive period is a special time of year and it is my dearest wish that this year families and friends can be together to celebrate and enjoy a safe and peaceful time.  My thoughts go to those who will be alone for one reason or another at this time.

We have seen a gradual return to being able to live our lives again after the pandemic – and I have seen first-hand the rich community spirit which exists within our communities. I have met many people and attended events that have created memories I will remember forever. 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who are working for us throughout the festive period – the NHS, the emergency services, our Armed Forces and all who keep us safe and secure.

My gratitude as well goes to the volunteers and carers who give their time all year round to make such a positive difference to the lives of so many of our residents.

It is sad that the demand on food banks is increasing – and my heartfelt thanks go to the volunteers who keep them running, plus the companies and individuals who donate produce.

On behalf of the officers and members of the Borough Council, I should like to wish you all a very happy Christmas and send our very best wishes to you all. Stay safe.

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