Mayor of March Kit Owen delivers his New Year message

Mayor of March, Cllr Kit Owen. Picture: Steve Williams.

Mayor of March, Cllr Kit Owen. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

With 2015 on the horizon it is the time to look back at the year from which we are just departing.

March Christmas lights switch on 2014. Picture:Steve Williams.

March Christmas lights switch on 2014. Picture:Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

There have been many events both nationally and locally, but I believe the national events should remain under the auspices of the national media.

Locally we started with a moderately mild but very wet winter although this town of March wasn’t affected until much later in the year on August 8.

St George’s Day commemoration was extremely well supported and it is a pleasure to realise a local event of this nature has become so popular.

The usual biennial visit of our twinned town St Jean De Braye took place with some 40 guests hosted in and around March.

March Remembrance 2014. Picture: Steve Williams.

March Remembrance 2014. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

One of the major events of the year is the three day March Summer Festival.

The weather this time, particularly prior to the parade not as good as we have come to expect.

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However it soon dried up and the parade and subsequent events went off as planned.

Fortunately we had the flower boxes on the town bridge and various other locations around the town.

Sunshine all the way: March Summer Festival 2014 (Photo: Barry Giddings)

Sunshine all the way: March Summer Festival 2014 (Photo: Barry Giddings) - Credit: Archant

As usual they looked superb and many people had positive comments and thanks to those Members of Street Pride for their hard work.

During the summer we experienced a little rush of new or replacement businesses in the town centre.

Among them, refurbished Griffin Hotel, Nottingham Building Society, Optima Estate Agents and Costa Coffee which spring to mind.

Not forgetting St Mary’s Church came back into use during the summer after a long period of repair and refurbishment. Premises at March Railway Station were also opened after much work by (FOMRS) Friends of March Railway Station.

I understand those rooms are available to let for functions or meetings.

Also we now have another hotel namely Wetherspoons next to the former Hippodrome.

Obviously not the type of venue used by people of the town but very useful for guests and visitors for whatever reason.

There was a meeting to discuss the dreaded ‘E’ word or Estover Field.

Some people are vociferously against any development, with other people saying well maybe a few won’t hurt if it provides funds for enhancement of the facilities.

Whatever your view I feel the discussion and discord will continue for some time yet.

March is fortunate to have some thriving businesses with G’s Fresh Beetroot awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

The 100th Anniversary of the commencement of the Great War on August 4 1914 was commemorated at the town memorial.

Open Air band concerts in West End Park have occurred again this summer as I hope they will continue to do so.

The Christmas Lights switch on went off as well as we have come to expect, as did the second Christmas market.

It’s amazing how the occasion of Christmas comes round on December 25 each year and still many seem to be taken by surprise.

Having seen off 2014, I wish all people of March a healthy, happy and prosperous year in 2015.

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