Christmas message from the Mayor
It's hard to believe that it is already time to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
This time of year offers us a chance to reflect back on 2018 as well as look forward to the coming year. It is also a time for us to send good wishes to those we care about.
This year I was proud to lead our community as we came together to remember 100 years since the end of the First World War and the sacrifices made by a generation of brave men and women who we will never forget.
Since becoming Mayor in May, I have had the honour of travelling around the borough in an official capacity and have enjoyed meeting many Kingston residents, businesses and visitors at events.
It has been a privilege to see first hand the wonderful achievements of those in our community who help others so selflessly as part of a charity or voluntary work. Their work really does make such a difference to the lives of the people they help in the borough.
It has also been a pleasure to visit so many of our schools in recent months to meet teachers and pupils and see their hard work, dedication and creativity.
I would like to give a special thank you to those who have supported the Mayor's charities this year; Kingston Samaritans, Creative Youth and Kingston Race and Equalities Council, and welcome your continued support in 2019.
May I ask you all to remember your neighbours at this time of year, especially the elderly and those who live alone. I would also like to extend a special welcome to those who have come home to Kingston to be with their families and hope that you have a wonderful time. Finally my very best wishes go to those who are sick at home or in hospital at this time of year.
I hope that your Christmas is enjoyable and wish you a happy and healthy New Year.
Councillor Thay Thayalan, Mayor of Kingston upon Thames