Town Mayor's Christmas Message
I'm writing to wish everyone in Whitby a happy, healthy and peaceful Christmas.
This year has brought its challenges, but it has shown us the power of communities. I want to take this opportunity to congratulate everybody living and working in Whitby for sticking together and being kind and careful to each other throughout this very hard year.
We have walked a tightrope together. So much of our town thrives on the visitors we get and yet, at times, many of us have been alarmed by the number of those visitors. I want us all to remember and understand the challenges of running businesses in a tourist economy during a pandemic and to encourage hoteliers, guest house owners, restauranteurs and landlords to believe that next year will be better. And I want to recognise the immense contribution of those businesses who exist to serve local needs and have had to adapt and change with the regulations and the government advice.
This year has reminded us all that we rely on an otherwise unsung army of essential workers and volunteers who hold our society together and continue to deserve our thanks. So, my thanks go to everyone who has steadfastly turned up to do essential work, including NHS staff, emergency workers and carers; people who have gone to work or volunteered every day in order to serve us all.
This year, we must face a diminished social Christmas; without wassailing, without embracing and without all but the most fleeting of encounters. I hope the New Year brings new opportunities to emerge into the light, to re-engage and to overcome the virus which has so dominated 2020. To quote Charles Dickens, via Ebenezer Scrooge, "I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year."
Whitby is a special place to live and it is a privilege we all share to be part of this community. Let's hope we can all look forward to a better time in 2021.
Cllr Linda Wild, Town Mayor of Whitby
Posted: Fri, 18 Dec 2020 09:00 by Michael King