24th Oct, 2016

Coun Tony Rowley - Mayor of Pershore

Evesham Editorial 19th Dec, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

CHRISTMAS in Pershore began with the switching on of the Christmas lights and from that

moment the town seems to have gained a festive buzz.

To me this epitomises both the Christmas period and Pershore which is at its best when there is vibrancy about it.

I am heartened during this Christmas period by the festive spirit shown by everyone.

Having attended a number of concerts and carol services I am convinced that the message of what

Christmas means is not lost on our children.

Nothing demonstrates this better than the traditional nativity plays.

There will be many proud parents, grandparents and friends watching the performances of children on stage for the first time.

Children recognise we celebrate this birth and rejoice in the knowledge that from such humble beginnings this child would go on to shape the lives of millions.

I have been privileged to attend many school concerts and carol services and these have been amongst the highlights of my mayoral year.

One discovers the tremendous talent amongst our children and students. I recently went to Pershore High School where the students were entertaining the older members of our society.

The musical talents and maturity shown by the students were outstanding and credit for this must also go to the teachers and support staff at the school.

This year I have gained pleasure from events involving the younger and older members of our society.

The response from the young and those not so young is very honest. I have enjoyed visits to schools and care homes in Pershore and surrounds.

My message to everyone is to take a few moments at Christmas to think of others and the true meaning of Christmas, from those humble beginnings and not just about exchanging presents.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.

Coun Tony Rowley

Mayor of Pershore