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Mayor’s column – 6th December 2023

It was my privilege and honour as Mayor to be part of the proceedings in the Christmas light switch-on on the balcony of The George Hotel.  As always, so many community groups, schools, families and individuals made up the lantern parade, to make it an amazing spectacle. This was such a joyous event as the people of Frome and visitors came together as one community and to celebrate the start of the festive season. This truly is Frome! 

I would like to thank Frome Town Band, The Rock Choir and The Frukes for making the evening full of festive and fun music. A special thank you to Yuliia and Olha for their beautiful singing of the Ukrainian carol, “‘Shchedryk’”. A real emotional highlight of the evening. 

The vibrant Jamma de Samba led the lantern parade into the Market Square, watched by hundreds of spectators of all ages. 

My special guest on the balcony was Otis, Year 2 Pupil at St Louis Primary School, who assisted me with the countdown and turning on the Christmas tree lights. 

Thank you to the FTC, staff, rangers and councillors, plus volunteers and helpers for all their hard work to organise the most amazing evening. Special thanks are due to Rachel Griffin of FTC, who coordinates the event every year. Well done! 

This is a busy time of the year for me as Mayor. Following the switch on, I attended the monthly LGBTQ+ meeting at Flow. This was to present the person who set up the first Frome LGBTQ+ monthly meet-up sessions and has worked tirelessly as a volunteer for the past four years. That person is Mark Stroud ,and I was very happy to present him with a Mayor’s Commendation for all he has done. 

I was invited to give a speech at the Frome College GCSE and Presentation Evening. What an amazing cohort of young people, who should be rightly proud of all their achievements. I wish them all good fortune as they continue on their chosen journeys and remember how to count 1-10 in Japanese. Frome is proud of you. 

I had the pleasure of opening The Pod Scrapstore event at the Cheese & Grain. It was so impressive and well organised in order to help young adults with additional needs to experience the world of work and social collaboration.  

As ever, please support our local charities and organisations in any way that you can – by making a small donation or giving food items to Fair Frome, giving of some of your time to help organisations or by simply showing kindness to those around you. All these things make such a huge difference to peoples’ lives and wellbeing. Check up on those who may need your contact and help then access any services they may require. This is your community. This is Frome. 

6 December 2023
Last Updated
30 November 2023
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