Wednesday 24th December 2014
Putting aside the constant re-loop of seventies and eighties Christmas songs in the supermarkets and shops, I think most people would agree that Christmas is a really nice period of the year.
The carols, the lights, presents under the tree, the excitement in kids’ faces, and of course, spending some quality time with the family, all make for an enjoyable experience.
Needless to say, not everyone will be able to sit back and relax for the holidays. As I often do at this time of year, I would like to pay tribute to all those people who are working through the holiday period and who help to make Inverclyde the great community that it is.
The shop workers serving queues a mile long of people getting the last minute Christmas presents or the best offers on the sales while doing it all with a smile on their face.
The Police officers walking the streets on the cold winter nights keeping our communities safe and giving us a friendly nod whenever they pass us by.
The nurses and doctors run off their feet tending to patient after patient in wards at the Inverclyde Royal Hospital and doing so with compassion and kindness.
The ambulance staff attending emergency calls throughout the night encountering some really harrowing situations.
And of course, those armed personnel who are away from their loved ones serving overseas, putting themselves in harm’s way.
I would like to say a big thank you to all these people for their dedication, decency and hard work and I wish them all the best for the New Year when it comes.