NEW YEAR MESSAGE: Cllr Jan French, Mayor of March

March Mayor making - Jan French becomes Mayor
March Mayor making - Jan French becomes Mayor

It is always an honour and privilege to be the Mayor of March and this year has been even greater, being the Jubilee year.

March has so much to offer its residents and the town and shops are thriving in this difficult time.

The St George’s Day festival started off the year’s events and each year it seems to get better. This would not be possible without the help of FDC and Mike Chapman, events manager, and the army of volunteers.

The Jubilee weekend was enjoyable and the lighting of the beacon and the hog roast was attended well. Thanks go to the Rotary for supplying the plaque at the Stone Cross and thanks to Kent Memorials for supplying the plaque on the Town Bridge.

The summer festival was once again a great turnout and the festival committee and its many volunteers provided a great weekend for all ages.

The Mayor’s Civic Service was well attended – thanks to All Saints School choir and the many helpers involved.

Thanks go to the British Legion and the Parade Marshall for the great organisation of Remembrance Sunday and all who took part in the parade. It was a most moving event.

The Christmas lights switch on was a great success. The Mayor’s Carol Service was held in St Peter’s church. With the Christmas trees, the church looked stunning and the service was well attended. Thanks go to Burrowmoor and Westwood school choirs – they were superb.

I would like to thank the town councillors who have given me great support over the year, town clerk Clive Lemmon and his assistant Geoff Wilkinson. A special thanks goes to the Rev Jenny Webb who is a tower of strength to the town.

Last but not least thank you to the residents of March for your support.

I wish you all a prosperous New Year.