Mayor of Exmouth reflects on a busy 2017
PUBLISHED: 12:01 28 December 2017 | UPDATED: 12:01 28 December 2017
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The Mayor of Exmouth, Councillor Brian Cole, has been reflecting on his 2017 as leader of the town council.
Cllr Cole told the Journal: “Having been elected to serve Exmouth as its mayor for a further 12 months in May, I embarked on a programme of work where I was to represent the town at a total of 60 events during a period of 35 weeks.
“However, it doesn’t stop there as I am also chairman of Exmouth Town Council, which involves numerous meetings and administrative work. All in all, I am glad that I am retired - otherwise half of this work would not be done.
“I have been proud and privileged to serve the town as mayor since May 2016 and during that time I have met some amazing people.
“This town would not function in the way that it does without the support of the dedicated volunteers who tackle all sorts of jobs in a cheerful and friendly manner.
“We are so fortunate to have the services of these people who work, many of them behind the scenes, not seeking any acknowledgement or thanks. “I wish to publicly thank you all – you know who you are - and wish each and everyone of you a very Happy Christmas.
“Speaking of Christmas, once again this year, I visited Manor Lodge Residential Home; Fernihurst Nursing Home and Open Door on Christmas morning. I took them all Christmas Greetings and hopefully brought a little happiness into their day.
“This year the Devon and Dorset regiments invited me to attend the dedication of their memorial, which has been erected in the National Arboretum at Alrewas, Burton upon Trent.
“It was an honour to represent Exmouth on that occasion and to be presented to the patron of the memorial project, his royal highness The Duke of Kent.
“Other military events have featured in my programme of activities, pass out parade of 239 Troop Kings Squad at CTCRM Lympstone; commemoration of Passchendale; Remembrance Day and Service of Remembrance in Exmouth Strand Gardens; pass out of Exmouth Community Cadets; Armed Forces Day and the celebration of 90 years of Service by Exmouth branch of the Royal British Legion, to name but a few.
“The youth of the town – our future citizens - have not been forgotten either as I have attended celebrations of awards at Exmouth Community College on several occasions and seen the scouts in action at their annual camp held near Orcombe Point.
“Shortly after that I was asked to unveil a blue plaque to commemorate the life of Edith Helen Pratt OBE, whose family donated the land in perpetuity to Exmouth, on which the scouts held their annual camp.
“I think that the most unusual request was for me to open a funeral service office in the shop previously owned by Bill Sleeman, Gentlemans Outfitters, in Exeter Road. That is closely followed by the request to present a degree certificate to Muriel Croysdill, aged 97.
“Finally, I cannot close without highlighting the tremendous effort made each year by Exmouth in Bloom volunteers.
“They ensure, in all types of weather, that our town remains a colourful, tidy, welcoming place for both residents and visitors.
“I was delighted to be invited to meet the judges for South West in Bloom. Despite my discussions with the judges, the Exmouth in Bloom team were still awarded gold and a special award for outstanding community effort. We should also acknowledge the support we receive throughout the year by the staff of StreetScene.
“None of these activities would have happened without the support that I receive from Lisa Bowman, my town clerk, and all the staff at the Exmouth Town council office. I really appreciate all your support and look forward to it continuing in the future.
“On behalf of Exmouth Town Council, may I take this opportunity of wishing everyone, a very happy Christmas and a peaceful new year.”