Christmas message from the Mayor of Whitby

YC Homes rep Kelly Brown with Heather Coughlan
YC Homes rep Kelly Brown with Heather Coughlan

2015 has been a memorable year for me as Mayor with my amazing visit to Anchorage, Alaska as the guest of the Sister Cities Commission.

One disappointment was that whilst I was away, the Drums of Yorkshire Regiment came to Whitby to start off our Armed Forces Week.

However, this was made up for by Armistice Day when the 4 Close Support (1 Close Support Battalion) REME, representatives of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (Light Aid Detachment) REME and Royal Scots Dragoon Guards joined us for our service on Dock End.

Unfortunately, the Kings Division Band who was to have led the parade were unavailable due to operational commitments. We would like to thank the Quarterdeck whose owner and staff provided a fish and chip lunch for all the visiting servicemen.

At the elections, in May a number of long serving councillors decided not to stand again, since then Cllr John Dickinson’s has also given his resignation we would like to give thanks to them all for their service and support over a number of years.

The Town Council was happy to contribute to the Bonfire Night event and we offer our congratulations to the Rugby Club on a successful firework display.

Thanks also to English Heritage for lighting up Whitby Abbey over a very busy Goth Weekend.

Very recently, SBC proposals regarding the possible closure of Whitby Tourist information Centre came to light following the exposure by the Town Council of the plans as reported in the Whitby Gazette,

SBC have pulled the report from the Cabinet meeting and are offering to meet with representatives of the Town Council and other interested parties in Whitby.

Look out for our petition forms around the town and on our website.

Once all the stress of preparations is complete, I wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year.

Cllr Heather Coughlan

The Mayor of Whitby