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New Year message

New Year Message

Mayor of Beverley Cllr Bryan Pearson

As Mayor of Beverley this year I have never been more proud, to represent the residents of Beverley for my term of office. 

Beverley Town Councils initiative this year was to commemorate the end of WW1 starting in August when we joined with SSAFA and St Marys Church to sponsor the ‘Beauty from Chaos Flower Festival’.  We also had a commemorative civic service with poetry readings, music and the cadet band.  We placed four ‘There But Not There Tommy’s’ through the town, commissioned two poignant murals by local artists and worked with the East Riding of Yorkshire Council and the Defence School of Transport to create a RAF 100 feature and interpretation board detailing RFC Beverley from 1916 to the present day RAF.  We completed the WW1 commemorations with the ‘Great War Remembered’ in partnership with Beverley Minster and Royal British Legion; here the commemorations took place through music, song and a drama, based around true stories of our good Beverley townsfolk in WW1.  We thank all the people involved with the WW1 commemorations.  We give our heartfelt thanks to all those affected by war through the years; they gave their lives so we can live ours. 

The Mayoress, Mrs Shirley Pearson and I have visited many community groups, churches, residential homes and schools and it has never ceased to amaze us, how community spirited and caring people of the town are.  We have been so well received no matter where we have visited.  We were fortune to visit Belfast along with the Town Clerk, Beverley in Bloom Chair, Coordinator  and 2  other volunteers, as Beverley was a first time finalist in the RHS Britain in Bloom campaign 2018.  We were so proud to see Beverley awarded a Silver Gilt Medal, and actually attaining a gold mark for community, scoring the highest in the large town category.  The RHS Britain in Bloom Judges Rae and James stated that Beverley and its community were ‘magic’ and they felt so welcome.   This leads me on to say that we all have a responsibility as custodians of the beautiful town of Beverley to keep it clean and tidy and welcoming for our residents and visitors.  Special thanks go to the Beverley in Bloom and Brighter Beverley working groups for their handwork, commitment and dedication to our lovely town.   Another special thanks goes to the former Beverley Catholic Club and their members headed by Dave Marshall, who generously donated £5000 for the benefit of RHS Britain in Bloom initiative in the town, this gave the opportunity to breathe new life and colour into Station Square and North Bar Within, as part of the RHS Greening the Grey project.   We must thank all those people and volunteers that get involved and make a difference by planting, litter picking, raising funds for Christmas lights, cleaning and generally caring for our community. 

It is vital to keep our town centre active and open, for business, we want to see local business thriving, so shop local and let’s boost and promote our local retailers and businesses, therefore boosting our local economy.  Beverley is a wonderful little town, steeped in history and culture through the generations. I would like to empower the good people of Beverley to get involved and help each other to make Beverley the best it can be. 

My local Mayoral Charities are the Cherry Tree Centre, Beverley who delivers a variety of much needed community services.  My other charity is Beverley Church Lads and Girls Brigade. Again these two charities are at the heart of the community and have been for many years.   

With our beautiful Christmas lights, and wonderful events like the Food Festival, Christmas Festival of Food and Drink, Great Get Together, Festival of Christmas, various music festivals and NGS open Garden Day; we are able to share our little gem of a town with others.   It has given me great pleasure to be involved.   A special thank you to all concerned.

As the festive season is over and spring is on the way, It is wonderful to see such happy smiling faces of people enjoying what Beverley has to offer.

As we move into 2019 I look forward to meeting many more people for the remainder of my Mayoral year.

It now leaves me to wish you all a happy, healthy, safe and a prosperous New Year.

Cllr Bryan Pearson

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