I would like to begin by expressing my deepest condolences to the parents and loved ones of the four young boys who lost their lives after falling into Babbs Mill Lake and I continue to pray for all families involved.
I cannot imagine the pain the families must be feeling at this time, particularly so close to Christmas. Kingshurst is a close-knit community so I know the pain of this tragedy will be felt by all. My office and I will continue to offer any support and help over the coming weeks and months, for the families, and the wider community.
As Christmas draws closer, and the New Year in sight, I find myself reflecting on the year that has passed. It now feels a million miles away from life today but 2022 saw the final lifting of Covid restrictions. Thanks to an incredible vaccine roll-out, after a long two years, we were able to live with Covid and return life to near-normal.
Amidst the return to life after lockdown, we were also able to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum jubilee this summer, celebrating a life dedicated to public service in the best way we know how: street parties and bank holidays. Little did we know that her Late Majesty, The Queen, whose words of wisdom through those dark days of the pandemic reassured the nation, would soon pass away. As we reflect on the year gone by, let us also reflect on her life of public service and see how we can emulate her lifetime of selflessness and public service.
With challenges abroad, such as the Russian invasion of Ukraine, we have seen humanity face difficult challenges on a daily basis. However, what continues to hearten me is the resilience of mankind. It has been a challenging few years, particularly since the start of the pandemic, but we have and will endure.
I want to finish as I began: by expressing my deepest sympathies to the parents and loved ones of the four boys who died at Babbs Mill Lake, they will be in my thoughts and prayers this Christmas.
Finally, I want to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous 2023