Mayor’s Christmas Message
I feel very lucky to be the Mayor of Weymouth. There are such picturesque backdrops to all the wonderful events that take place in our seaside town. From sporting events on the beach, to open air concerts at The Nothe Fort, and various activities in our beautiful parks and gardens to mention just a few highlights.
Particular occasions I have cherished in my time as Mayor so far this year include the warm welcome Weymouth has given to the Ukrainian community in our town. They kindly put on an event at our Jubilee Clock in June to thank residents for the support shown to them, and to celebrate their Constitution Day.
Weymouth Town Council celebrated the 10th anniversary since the Olympic and Paralympic Games brought the sailing events to the town. I joined former torch bearer’s and others at Nothe Gardens for the unveiling of a stunning sculpture the council commissioned. It’s a great spot for selfies as it looks out across the water where the sailing events took place.
It was a particular honour to be the Mayor during the Jubilee celebrations. Weymouth residents held many street parties, beacon lightings, church services and other events took place across the area. And in September, after the sad passing of our much loved Queen Elizabeth II, Weymouth came together to remember. Floral tributes were left at Greenhill Gardens which were later removed by our Parks’ team to use as compost for a commemorative tree. This will be planted at a later date.
We also came together for the Proclamation and also a Memorial Service at our beautiful Greenhill Gardens. I was so proud of the residents coming together to remember Her Majesty in their own ways.
We now look forward to Weymouth celebrating the Coronation of King Charles III which I know Weymouth will do well.
Over the summer, we held our Armed Forces Weekend and Veteran’s Parade, which attracted many people to the town. The Remembrance Sunday service and parade in November was also extremely well attended. As one of the largest parades in the country it is with great pride that I represented the town at these events. It’s important to pay tribute to past, present and future members of our Armed Forces, and all those affected by conflict.
Wishing you a happy, safe and healthy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.
Cllr Ann Weaving,
Mayor of Weymouth