Sir John Peace, Lord-Lieutenant for Nottinghamshire shares his Christmas message
Sir John Peace, Lord-Lieutenant and HM The Queen’s representative in Nottinghamshire and Nottingham shares his Christmas message to residents across the county.
"The past twelve months has been a very difficult and challenging time for everyone .... in so many different and challenging circumstances ..... 2020 will be a year we will all remember.
"My sincere condolences to those who have lost dear and loved ones to Covid 19.
"A huge thank you to all the people working for the many brilliant Voluntary and Community organisations that are providing invaluable and vital support throughout the City and County. You are greatly valued.
"A very big thank you also to our young people in Nottinghamshire and their teachers, whose lives have been so disrupted by school closures, home working, lockdown restrictions preventing you from spending time with friends and family.
"And I would particularly like to thank all the amazing people in the NHS, in our Care Homes, in the Emergency Services, our Armed Forces and local government workers who have done so much for the people of Nottinghamshire throughout the past months as we’ve all strived to deal with this awful pandemic.
"Looking forward to 2021, there appears to be light at the end of the tunnel with the arrival of vaccines. Nonetheless, for the foreseeable future, we must continue to observe the new tiers and lockdown rules to stay safe. Particularly over the Christmas period and in the coming months, until the National vaccination programme and mass testing starts to significantly reduce infections.
"But I have no doubt that by coming together as we have throughout these past months we will beat this pandemic and build back better, stronger and greener. We have effectively condensed 10 years of evolutionary change in many parts of our society and economy into 10 months. Life has changed massively for those in sectors like retail, aviation, hospitality, tourism, manufacturing etc., while some other sectors have never been stronger. Britain and the Midlands in particular is in the global premier league of innovation and enterprise with world class Universities such as the University of Nottingham and NTU helping us to lead the way. We have a great heritage and in many ways the best is yet to come.
"On behalf of the Nottinghamshire Lieutenancy, I would like to wish you all a very Happy and Peaceful Christmas and a much nicer and Prosperous New Year. "