New Year’s message from Warwick mayor Cllr Trudy Offer

I AM over half way through my year as mayor of Warwick and I have so enjoyed every minute, thanks to all those I have met, who have made me so welcome. I have been in the company of very many people who all give their time and commitment to many worthy causes in Warwick and across Warwickshire. Many in our community are facing hard times with the economic climate we are in and I acknowledge the hard work and dedication of those who continue to give, raise funds and support those in need.

The good things to look forward to are, of course, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics. The Olympic torch coming through Warwick is something to be proud of. These events are for all to celebrate giving us as real sense of patriotism and pride in our country and communities. That patriotism and pride has already been apparent to me, as I have already experienced the people of Warwick turning out for our St George’s Day celebrations, concerts at the Castle, the wonderful Folk Festival, the Mop, fireworks at the Racecourse and Victorian Evening. Remembrance Day was special, when so many turned out on a beautiful November morning to pay respects to our fallen servicemen and women and acknowledge our troops still out in Afghanistan.

I would like to express my thanks to all who have donated to my charities so far. To those who brought from the pork roast stands at the Mop and Victorian Evening to those who attended and took part in my fashion show at the Old Courts, to Warwick Rotary, Lions, Round Table, Chamber of Trade and Warwick Castle. We all work together so well to provide events for our community. For a small town we host so many excellent events and it should never be taken for granted.

I would like to wish everyone a very happy New Year.