The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead's mayor Colin Rayner shares his Christmas message with our readers
The Mayoress and I are honoured to be able to send you Christmas greetings in the year of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
We would like to thank all those who have made us welcome so far during our year of office.
We have seen many acts of kindness as we have travelled to events and engagements, both large and small, and we have been truly humbled on many occasions to witness the selfless giving of time and talents that make the Royal Borough a really great place to be.
We hold wonderful memories of good people who put service before self.
Our prayers are with our Armed Forces throughout the world who are away from their families at this special time and we thank those in our community who will be working over the holidays, especially police officers, firefighters, ambulance crews, doctors, nurses and council staff. All deliver essential services to residents who are vulnerable, in danger or are facing difficulties.
We also send Christmas greetings and good wishes to the Royal Family and especially this year to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who have so much to look forward to in 2013.
In a world that may often seem harsh, reckless and greedy, this time of year gives us all a chance to reflect on the good things and celebrate the essence of Christmas – love, peace and, in very simple terms, being good to each other.
This is the true spirit of Christmas that endures over generations and millennia.
May this Christmas leave its richest blessing in the hearts of you and yours.
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