Tuesday, 22 December 2009
Christmas message from Councillor Hugh Hunter,
Leader of South Ayrshire Council
“It seems no time since I was last wishing you a merry Christmas. I can’t believe how quickly this year has passed, and that the festive season – which I’m very much looking forward to – is almost upon us once again.
“Although the year has gone quickly, it has been one of the most challenging for everyone, from major banking institutions to councils to local families in South Ayrshire, and I’m sure many among us will be looking forward to a fresh start in 2010.
“That’s what’s so special about this time of year – Christmas gives us an opportunity to come together as families and friends and celebrate all that is good in our lives, while New Year provides time for reflection and the chance to change the way we do things.
“And that’s been an important theme for the Council over the past 18 months or so. We have to do things differently to achieve our objectives and our vision of establishing South Ayrshire as the most inclusive, sustainable and dynamic community in Scotland, and that will continue as we move into 2010 and beyond.
“The changes we have seen not only in our own communities but across the country during this year have made many people focus on what is really important in life. In a consumer society, it’s very easy to focus on possessions – especially at this time of year when we’re thinking about presents – but at the end of the day, it’s the people that matter.
“And I am incredibly proud of the people of South Ayrshire and the way they look out for each other. That’s never more important than at this time of year when many families can’t be together over the festive period. Whether through work, illness or simply distance, we should all think about those who may experience a very different Christmas and New Year than we ourselves will have.
“In particular, my thoughts will be with the members of our armed forces, who are serving abroad in various parts of the world. They will, I know, be missed by their families, and I wish them all a safe Christmas.
“I thoroughly enjoy this time of year, and I hope you will too – however you choose to celebrate or pass the time. I wish everyone in South Ayrshire a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful, healthy and contented 2010 when it arrives.
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