– Christmas Lights Switch On – Thank You

2021/22 Town Council Chairman Gavin Harrison
2021/22 Town Council Chairman Gavin Harrison

A personal thank you from me to all involved in preparing, staging and managing yesterday’s programme of events and making the St Anne’s Christmas Switch On the great day that it was.

The BIG DAY is, of course, the culmination of many months’ planning and hard work. My thanks to the CAN Team of officers and councillors for being at the heart of everything and driving things forward, overcoming obstacles, thinking “on the hoof” and attending to a million details so that everything runs smoothly. You never forget the C is for Community and what we saw yesterday truly was for the community. And it was hugely appreciated by the community – at every stop on Santa’s tour of the satellite areas people I spoke to appreciated the efforts and were overwhelmingly positive about what you are doing. For a council to get such positive feedback means we must be doing something right!

Thanks also to all councillors for supporting the CAN group, for your help and attendance at the event and for your positive outlook. It was great to hear, time and again, the words “Brought to you by St Anne’s Town Council” over the p.a. across the town centre throughout the event. People sometimes ask “What does Town Council do?” Now, we have a ready made answer “We put on great events with the community at the heart of what we do”. And it’s thanks to all councillors and officers for all the hard work you have done to put us in this great position.

I would also like to thank all the back-stage team and the lighting technicians for their hard work and problem-solving. When the weather got into the electrics, it was their efforts and quick thinking that got things back on track. The public often don’t see those people – amazing that a high-viz jacket can actually make someone invisible! But without those mostly unsung workers and volunteers we wouldn’t have an event.

And what an event those great performers gave us – a multitude of musical acts with something for everyone, and the stars of Frozen who mesmerised the children of St Anne’s. My granddaughter never took her eyes off the stage and she’ll remember this for a long time – and of course she won’t be the only one who’ll have had the time of her little life. So thanks to all our great local talent for singing, playing and acting with such enthusiasm and talent. And of course to our compere incomparable, the force of nature that is Emma-Louise!!!

I’d like to thank all the civic dignitaries who came along to add to the occasion – the Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayoress of Fylde, Cheryl Little and Sue Fazackerley ; the Town Crier, John Spencer-Barnes; the Reverend Scargill and Churches Together for their blessing of the crib and reminding us of the true meaning of Christmas.

But, most of all I’d like to thank the people of St Anne’s for your support, your appreciation and your enthusiasm. I hope you had a great time and that you’re looking forward to future St Anne’s Town Council events that are already in the pipeline.

Thank you – and a very Merry Christmas to one and all,

Gavin Harrison

Chairman and Town Mayor.

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