This time of year is shared with our families, friends and loved ones.
It’s a very special time where we can reflect on the year gone by.
The festivities should extend to the good fortune and blessings that we share and appreciate.
However, I would ask that the people of Preston take a moment to remember those less fortunate. It’s a time for reaching out the hand of friendship and ensuring all members of our community are included.
We can also take the opportunity to remember those who are no longer with us, especially this year being the centenary of the First World War.
Since June, when I became Mayor, my wife Barbara and I have met so many people and have been touched by the great warmth and generosity of spirit, which Proud Preston represents. We are proud to serve the city, and we are very grateful for the friendly welcome we have received, wherever we have visited.
I am always humbled by the hard work and commitment of volunteers at the groups and organisations I visit across the city. None more so than at St Catherine’s Hospice; my chosen charity for the year.
I am very honoured to be the first citizen of such a fantastic city, and may the Mayoress and I take this opportunity to offer our best wishes for a prosperous and healthy 2015.
Coun Nick Pomfret, Mayor of Preston