This will be my final column, as at our Annual Meeting I handed over the chain of office to our new Mayor, Anita Collier. She starts her mayoral year in the way I ended mine, in a strange ‘virtual’ way, only meeting people electronically.
The Covid crisis has brought out the very best in the people of Frome. As soon as we called for volunteers to assist our less able, over 350 of you responded. When we asked you to look out for your neighbours, you formed local groups and many of you met people living nearby you for the first time. Frome Town Council is keen to build on this co-operation and I encourage you to maintain these links after the immediate crisis has passed.
I said last week how much I had enjoyed meeting residents and visitors and hope I achieved my aim of reaching every aspect of Frome life. Unfortunately, events planned for me since the end of March were cancelled so if I missed you because of this please invite your new Mayor.
There is much I still wanted to achieve as Mayor, but events overtook us. However, I am gladdened that Frome residents and our council have responded to the greatest challenge in living memory in a way many others have not. We will come through this and be stronger for it.
Thank you for all your support this year and I am sure you will give our new Mayor a great welcome. I have been very proud to have served as your Mayor and wish you all the best for the future.