More from the Mayor: commemoration and celebration

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As ever the Remembrance Sunday commemorations across the District gave cause for us all to pause and pay our respects to the fallen heroes of the conflicts of the last hundred years.

It is without doubt the most humbling of occasions and gives me great pride in knowing that our communities across our area show immense respect; turning out in force, not just here at the Civic Centre but in Warsop, Forest Town and Bellamy Road, where the parades and onlookers showed great support of our national commemorations.

Mansfield District is very generous in its giving to the Poppy Appeal.

I mentioned the appeal in my Chad words a couple of weeks ago. Since then the appeal organiser for Mansfield - Joe Martin has told me that he expects the collection totals to be around the £30,000 mark with £26,000 already counted and banked.

Joe has asked me to thank all those people who have stood on the streets rattling collection boxes selling poppies over this time.

He says that, “standing in the cold and sometimes rain encouraging people to buy poppies is a calling that the volunteers rise to.

The Air, Sea and Army Cadets have this year been joined for the first time with the Police Cadets.

The host of youngsters giving up their time along with those of us who are a little older in the tooth, have made such a team effort. It has to be said that without them, there would be no local Appeal.

I must also thank all those people of the area who have given generously and make the total a wonderful £30,000.”

I want to reiterate those thanks to all the businesses and individuals who have given generously to the cause.

Through the work of the Legion those forces veterans and their families can be assisted and really supported to make a positive difference to coping with the many stresses associated with military life.

Following on from Sunday, I went along with many others to the Carr Bank Park on Monday to pay homage at the three memorials within the park on Armistice Day. Despite the damp and miserable weather the Mansfield pride shone through.

BUDGETING: There will be more detail within the Chad about the Council’s Budget Consultation and it is your opportunity to influence the way that the Council balances the budget for 2014/15. To take part in the survey log onto

www.mansfield.gov.uk/budget

INVITATION: I hope that this next Sunday can be a repeat weather wise of last Sunday to support another “Super Sunday” with a fantastic programme for the Christmas lights “Big Switch on”, with family events taking place from 10 am to 5pm, The stage show featuring our world famous Cantamus Choir and the Ghost Academy Band starts at 3.30 pm. With the event finishing in festive style with switching of the lights, snow and the fantastic fireworks finale; I look forward to seeing you there!

And finally…. Congratulations to the Stags, into the second round with an 8 – 1 thumping of St Albans, and get ready for the Pudsey Bear – Children in Need

events!