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By Robin Walker Friday 21 December 2012 Updated: 21/12 16:13
CHRISTMAS is always a good time to take stock and looking back on 2012, with the wonderful success of the Olympics and the joy of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, it has been a very memorable year for both Worcester and the country as a whole.
It was wonderful to cheer on local heroes carrying the Olympic torch through the streets of Worcester but this was only the beginning of a magical summer, which culminated in the visit of Her Majesty the Queen.
More recently it was great to see the Victorian Christmas fair thronged with visitors and hear of a better Christmas season on the high street.
Local schools have done well with many getting better Ofsted ratings and better grades. Well done to all those staff, heads, pupils and parents who have worked hard to achieve this. I have been delighted over the last few weeks to share in some of the Christmas celebrations at local schools and I will carry on campaigning for fairer funding next year.
As families come together and children and adults take a well earned break it is a good time to celebrate the fact that more people in general and particularly more young people are in work, whilst remembering those that do not and doing our bit for those in need.
We should spare a thought for all those who have to work over Christmas, the police, firemen, ambulance drivers, nurses and doctors who will be on duty to make sure that we are all safe and our brave armed forces many of whom will be spending a last Christmas overseas.
We should also thank those freely giving their time to help those in need at local hospices and charities.
At this season of goodwill I wish everyone in Worcester a merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.
Robin Walker MP
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