With Christmas now upon us, the Guardian sought out festive messages from some of the most prominent figures in Chorley.
Reporter Robert Kelly got their views on what they enjoy about Christmas and their hopes for 2013, as well as wishing everyone an enjoyable Christmas and New Year.
Insp Dave Robinson, Chorley Police
“This very special time of year is a time for families and friends and provides an opportunity for some reflection.
As such, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all those people out there who have made a positive difference to the people of Chorley over the last 12 months and beyond.
That’s not just the public servants who provide the services we all depend on in an ever-challenging fiscal environment, but also to those who volunteer and who give their time freely, working for charities and in a myriad of roles and guises across the borough.
These are the unsung heroes who do not make the headlines but make a real difference.
I am privileged to work alongside some of these individuals – who I won’t embarrass here – who have real desire to make a positive contribution to our area.
There is no doubt the police’s role would be much more demanding without their contribution in helping, guiding and giving practical support to some of the most vulnerable in our society,
So when I am tucking into my turkey. I will raise a glass to them. I hope you will too. Merry Christmas.”
Leader of Chorley Council, Coun Alistair Bradley
“As we come to the end of 2012, I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone in the Chorley community a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
Since I became Leader of the Council in May, we’ve seen a lot of change and I have been really pleased to see the passion of residents and businesses who want to work with us to improve the borough and make it a place we are all proud of.
As we go into 2013 amid more financial uncertainty, the key thing for me is to get people working together because if we all come together as a team, this will mean we can do more and achieve more.
We won’t sit back and wait for others to get things done – the council has taken on a different attitude where we want to get things done for local people.
Enjoy the festivities and if there’s something that you want us to sort in your neighbourhood in the New Year, let us know and we will do what we can to make it happen.”
Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle
“I would like to wish the people of Chorley a happy Christmas.
As we look back over 2012, we have seen many highlights, most notably the Olympic Games which local people celebrated first by witnessing the Olympic torch being paraded through the streets of Chorley, followed by success for local Olympic and Paralympic athletes.
At this special time, it is important to recognise the contributions made by those people from Chorley serving in our armed forces away from home.
We wish them all the very best for a happy Christmas and safe tour of duty.
In addition, I would also like to pay special tribute to those people who work in the emergency services and when I visit Chorley Hospital on Christmas Day, it is always nice to see the staff make such a big effort to provide some festive cheer for the patients.
We also see people volunteer to give up their time on Christmas Day to help others, and special thanks should be given to the volunteers at St Laurence’s Church who provide friendship and support for those who are on their own by providing Christmas lunch.
Best wishes to all.”
Coun June Molyneaux, mayor
“Christmas is almost upon us and what an excellent start it got off to with the lights switch on in November.
Thank you to everyone who came along to support the event.
On a personal note, it was a huge privilege to join some of our sporting heroes on stage for the big switch on.
What an excellent year 2012 has been for sporting achievement in Chorley ,with the resounding success of our Paralympic and Olympic athletes, and the honour of the Olympic torch passing through the town.
It was good to attend the Chorley Sporting Achievement Awards recently, celebrating success in a wide range of sports across the borough.
As Mayor, I’ve had the pleasure of attending many festive events over the last few weeks – Christmas fairs, concerts, pantomimes and carol services, and I must say I have thoroughly enjoyed everyone one of them.
It’s been lovely to meet so many people across the borough, many of whom give up their own time to help others and put something back into their communities. A heartfelt thanks to them all.
However, as most of us look forward to spending Christmas Day with our families and friends, it’s important that we spare a thought for others who may be alone or unwell.
Our thoughts and good wishes are with those who may have loved ones serving overseas in the armed forces. We wish them a safe and speedy return home.
I would like to wish everyone a happy and peaceful Christmas and a healthy and prosperous 2013.”