Provosts welcome in the new year

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THE Lord Provosts of Glasgow and East Renfrewshire have come together to wish southsiders the best for the new year.

Glasgow lord provost Sadie Docherty is already looking ahead to the Commonwealth games in her annual message.

She said: “The best thing about being lord provost is being able to represent this great city and its people”.

“As a proud Glaswegian it is gratifying to know that the people I meet from all over the world love our city and its people.

“Christmas is traditionally a time to gather friends and family together and reflect on the year that has passed and for me it will certainly be a year to remember.

“I became lord provost and I had the honour of welcoming Her Majesty the Queen to the city as part of her diamond jubilee celebrations”.

She continued: “Another memorable event was welcoming the Olympians and Paralympians including Sir Chris Hoy, Glasgow’s Michael Jamieson, Katherine Grainger and Aileen McGlynn.

“I am extremely excited at the prospect of the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the wonderful opportunity we will have to showcase all that is great about Glasgow.

“On a deeply personal level another unforgettable moment was the birth, last month, of my first grandchild, Grace Christina.

“To all of you, however you celebrate this time of year, I wish you a happy and healthy new year”.

Meanwhile, East Renfrewshire’s Provost Alastair Carmichael looked back on a difficult past year.

He told The Extra: “It is perhaps time for most of us to reflect on the year we are about to leave behind. For many in East Renfrewshire, and indeed across the whole country, 2012 will have been one of the most difficult years they have ever experienced. 
“Most people have been working to complete the list of seemingly endless tasks to be ready for Christmas, as well as, of course, enjoying celebrations with family and friends. 
“In normal circumstances, the festive season brings its own pressures and never more so than this year, when many people are feeling the strain of the current economic climate and concerned about the future. 
“Perhaps we should spend a little time to reflect on what is important. Christmas is about so much more than parties and presents, it’s about spending time with loved ones and being thankful for all that we have. 
“I would ask, then, that you spare a thought for those who may find this time of year particularly difficult, whether through hardship, illness, grief or loneliness. Take time out of your hectic festive schedule to visit a relative or neighbour who is on their own and invite them to share in your Christmas. 
“May I wish you all a very happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous 2013”.