Mayor's Christmas message

Hornby Intercity 125 Train Set - Christmas Day delight
Yet again we approach another Christmas with the same traditional duties to perform. Whether it’s preparing the Turkey or doing some last minute shopping or visiting Church, Christmas remains a special time for many, especially Children.

As a child I can clearly recall one very special Christmas Day when I awoke to find a Hornby Intercity 125 train set. Years later I am acutely aware that Christmas can be a tough time for many with train sets a distant dream for some who struggle to purchase sufficient food due to increasing fuel bills, unemployment, ill health, job insecurity, negative equity and other pressures.

As Mayor of North Down I consider it my duty to focus on those in need and therefore valued the opportunity to volunteer in recent days for the Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul and Storehouse as they prepared food and gifts for those requiring support.

I look forward to continuing this work tomorrow on Christmas Day at Bangor Inter-church Community Initiative Christmas Lunch for those with no family and/or no home, reaching out and exploring how, Working as One, we can provide support to those in need of support often marginalised at the edge of our society, fulfilling the true meaning of Christmas.

Best wishes to you, your family, friends and all those who will be visiting North Down over the Christmas period which I hope brings you joy, peace and an opportunity to relax and recharge and prepare for 2014.