As we celebrate Christmas this year, like the last it will be different from what we have been used to in previous years. Whilst this year we have been fortunate that some of our amazing events are back, and we have been able to celebrate Christmas in true Warwick style; with the successful Victorian Evening, the amazing display of Christmas Trees in St Mary’s and of course Carols at Warwick Castle to name just a few! Communities have also put on their own events to raise funds for a host of causes and projects, I’m delighted to have had the opportunity to support and help in some of these events, and look forward to supporting further. We are of course not out of the woods and appear to have some way to go as the pandemic continues to unfold. But after what has been a challenging year in the midst of the pandemic, this is hopefully a time where we can all take a break before we head into 2022!
Looking back on this past year, our lives have of course been heavily influenced and altered due to COVID. My thoughts are with everyone who have been impacted, whether that be by bereavement, illness, social isolation and other consequences of the pandemic. Whilst we reflect on such impacts, it is also an opportunity to celebrate the amazing community spirit across the whole town, which has shone, and continues to shine. We are so lucky to be such a friendly and supportive town with amazing communities, charities, groups, businesses and individuals who contribute so much – a huge thank you to you all.
I’d also like to thank all of Warwick’s key workers and the families of those workers who continue to do so much to keep us all safe – Well done and thank you all so much, your ongoing dedication is truly appreciated!
My final thanks go to everyone who continues to support me in my role as Mayor of Warwick. I have had the honour of meeting so many amazing people, charities, and worthy causes – it truly is a great honour and privilege and one I am incredibly humbled by.
To all residents of, and visitors to, the wonderful town of Warwick, I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy 2022.
Councillor Richard Edgington, Mayor of Warwick