Boston’s outgoing Mayor reflects on unforgettable year

Mayor Paul Kenny and Mayoress Pam Kenny on the gallopers
Mayor Paul Kenny and Mayoress Pam Kenny on the gallopers

It has come to that time of year for me to reflect on my year as Mayor.

When I started the year I realised it was going to be something special and different. I said I would endeavour to bring our community closer together and work to promote equality and respect in our communities. I didn’t realise how true those words would be.

I have met many amazing people who show real commitment to their fellow citizens. There are so many of them it is difficult to name individuals, but I would like to single out the young people in our cadet organisations and uniformed groups, as well as the students in our schools and colleges who serve our community with pride and dignity and not forgetting the scores of volunteers who provide amazing services to our citizens through our numerous voluntary organisations including our local churches.

I can’t talk about my year without mentioning the floods on December 5 2013. It was sad to see so many members of our community who had to suffer on that night, but I was amazed to see the resilience of all those who were affected, and was proud to see our community pulling together. Who said community spirit no longer exists? On that night and the following days we saw the real community spirit in Boston shine in the face of adversity.

I must thank all the people that I have met during the year, for their kindness and support and kind words. I must thank my two charities Boston Salvation Army and Boston Citizens Advice Bureau for their support and friendship they have given to us this year. I must say a special thanks to David Medlock from the Len Medlock Trust who supported my two charities with generous grants. Thanks also to all the shops and businesses who supported my charity events with donations. I would also like to thank the hundreds of people who attended our events throughout our year and helped to raise a lot of money for the charities. A special thanks to Lee Hextall and BYJO and the Boston Pop Choir for their support to me as the Mayor’s Ambassadors. Also huge thanks to my charity committee members – Pete, Caz, Paul, Angie, Paul, Ruth, Mark, Stuart, Mandy and Carol; the Deputy Mayor and deputy Mayoress; and the Boston Borough Council officers and staff who supported me whole heartedly throughout the year as well as the Boston Standard for their support.

Myself and the Mayoress are so proud to have been able to represent Boston this year. Once again thank you for all your support and friendship to us during this year. We will remember it forever.

Mayor and Mayoress of Boston Paul and Pam Kenny