Chairman of Lincolnshire County Council
Christmas message from Cllr Ray Wootten, 28th chairman of the county council.
As we enter the Christmas season we think about the ones we love, our family and friends and we organise gifts, celebrations and reunions.
I ask you to reflect for a moment and give your thoughts to those less fortunate than ourselves.
I also want to pay tribute to our Armed Forces and their families, in particular to all who are serving overseas and for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice. We must also think about the emergency services and all those who are working over the Christmas period.
Being Chairman is both a privilege and an honour. Just thinking about Christmas lunch gives me a sense of pride because Lincolnshire can boast of being the largest poultry, potato and cereal producers in the United Kingdom, this production keeps many people in employment.
It has been difficult times within the economy but we are a resilient county. I have met many business people who want to come and invest in Lincolnshire and many more who have businesses here and, I can honestly say they have all been forward thinking and positive. I am a big believer in the community and this authority is here to support you.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish all the residents of the county of Lincolnshire and neighbouring counties a Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.