NEG­A­TIVE CRIT­I­CISM

Accrington Observer - - LOOKING BACK -

WE can only won­der where A P Mox­ham (Ob­server let­ter De­cem­ber 7) finds the mo­ti­va­tion to get out of bed in the morn­ings, with his doom and gloom prog­nos­ti­ca­tions about hu­man­ity and his neg­a­tive crit­i­cism of pos­i­tive thinkers like Joan West.

If Mr Mox­ham can only rec­om­mend keep­ing on pil­ing up in­creas­ingly nasty weaponry un­til there’s noth­ing left ex­cept for a big, ra­dioac­tive, hole in the ground, shouldn’t he leave the rest of us to get on with it?

Yours for So­cial­ism. Brian Livesey Ac­cring­ton

GO­ING ROUND IN CIR­CLES

I AM in­clined to be­lieve that Great Bri­tain won’t get a bet­ter deal from Europe than the Theresa May Brexit.

The coun­try will, I feel, go round and round in cir­cles if it does not let Theresa May do the Brexit she has worked so hard on.

I hope Mrs May is able to get her Brexit through the Com­mons.

An end to free move­ment of peo­ple and to gain con­trol of our bor­ders is im­por­tant. Theresa May will do ex­actly that.

I feel more needs to be done now to pro­tect Bri­tish jobs.

I re­mem­ber from my own ex­pe­ri­ence of bad Thatcher years, how dif­fi­cult it was to get back into work af­ter 1980.

Bri­tain will still be friends with Europe, but not have Euro­pean laws dom­i­nat­ing our ev­ery move.

I was born in Ac­cring­ton, aged 70 now. I sup­pose that makes me English – a Bri­tish cit­i­zen.

I be­lieve Bri­tain voted Brexit in 2016 be­cause we want our coun­try back. Adrian Grady Ac­cring­ton THE Christ­mas sea­son is here and the May­oress and I have loved at­tend­ing lots of fes­tive events around the bor­ough.

The Christ­mas light switch-on events around Hyn­d­burn have all been well at­tended, the cold and damp weather cer­tainly hasn’t damp­ened the fes­tive or com­mu­nity spirit of the thou­sands of peo­ple who came along to them.

From the big switch-on and fire­works dis­play in Ac­cring­ton, to the com­mu­nity switch-ons in the town­ships, we all en­joyed singing Christ­mas carols around the tree, all kinds of tra­di­tional sea­sonal food and en­ter­tain­ment and, of course, see­ing friends and neigh­bours to wish them all the best for Christ­mas.

My Mag­i­cal May­oral Mar­ket at the Ac­cring­ton Switch-on event was a big suc­cess too, with lots of lo­cal char­i­ties tak­ing the op­por­tu­nity to have a free stall to raise funds or aware­ness of their own group.

I want to say a big thank you to my hard­work­ing May­oral char­ity com­mit­tee who or­gan­ised it so well and to all the peo­ple who came and sup­ported it.

The fes­tive sea­son is a time for bring­ing peo­ple to­gether and we’ve been along to a num­ber of events where dif­fer­ent com­mu­nity groups and or­gan­i­sa­tions have joined to­gether to spread the Christ­mas cheer. For ex­am­ple the churches and schools of Altham and Clay­ton-le-Moors, who put on a beau­ti­ful joint carol ser­vice at St Mary’s Church and the Belvedere Care Home in Ac­cring­ton who had a joint carol ser­vice with chil­dren from Marsh­mal­lows nurs­ery, bring­ing chil­dren to the care home to sing carols with the res­i­dents. What a fan­tas­tic way to bring peo­ple to­gether, it’s an hon­our and a priv­i­lege to be in­vited along, and thor­oughly en­joyed by all.

Last month I was proud to rep­re­sent Hyn­d­burn at a num­ber of events to cel­e­brate Lan­cashire Day on Novem­ber 27, cel­e­brat­ing the day in 1295 when the first rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Lan­cashire were in­vited to the Model Par­lia­ment of King Ed­ward I. 2018 has been a won­der­ful year as mayor and it’s fab­u­lous to see how many peo­ple give their time and en­ergy for free to make where they live a bet­ter place.

This was high­lighted just re­cently when we at­tended Ac­cring­ton and Rossendale Col­lege to present cer­tifi­cates to the Ac­cring­ton and Rossendale Col­lege Princes Trust team, and to hear about what they have achieved dur­ing the 12-week per­sonal de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme with Lan­cashire Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice, which de­vel­ops and en­cour­ages young peo­ple to do some­thing pos­i­tive for them­selves and their com­mu­nity.

An­other ex­am­ple of vol­un­teers do­ing won­der­ful work for the com­mu­nity was brought home to us when we at­tended the Lan­cashire Lun­cheon at the an­nual fundrais­ing event for Ac­cring­ton & Dis­trict Blind So­ci­ety, and also when we at­tended Ac­cring­ton Swim­ming Club’s pre­sen­ta­tion – the club is run by vol­un­teers, founded in 1911 and serv­ing the bor­ough ever since, with ev­ery­one at the club giv­ing their time freely. These are just a few ex­am­ples of the fan­tas­tic com­mu­nity work that goes on in the bor­ough and we’ve felt ex­tremely blessed to see so many ex­am­ples of this over the year. We’re sure we’ll see many more in 2019 too.

The May­oress, my wife Noreen, and I, would like to say thank you for all your kind in­vi­ta­tions over the year, to wish you and yours a Merry Christ­mas and a Happy New Year.

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