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A Message from the Mayor of Ramsgate

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24 January 2020

Mayor Ara
Last year was a very busy one. As both your Mayor and Ramsgate Town Councillor I have been engaged with the community. I want to thank all the amazing people in Ramsgate who work so hard to make it such a great place to live. I have been delighted to meet so many volunteers, charities and community groups. It was a privilege as Mayor to award 40 certificates of recognition. Last year, I hosted several fund raisers in Ramsgate and together we have raised money for Oasis Women's Refuge, the Winter Shelters and East Kent Mencap.

My Mayoral duties have given me the wonderful opportunity to attend many different events. Last year I attended the unveiling of the Vincent van Gogh statue; the 75th anniversary of the opening of the Ramsgate Tunnels; and the unveiling of the World War One memorial board at St. Augustine's Church.

I also completed The Colour Run and raised just over £1,000 for the Pilgrims Hospice. May I offer a big thank you to all my sponsors. I was honoured to switch on the Ramsgate Christmas lights which was a brilliant success. I have not seen Ramsgate busy for a long time. It was fantastic to see so many people attend, and celebrate our town.

As well as my Mayoral duties as your Town Councillor, I have worked towards a cleaner and safer Ramsgate. One of the issues of concern to residents was removing unsightly rubbish and dangerous used needles from our High Street.

I have seen how poverty can strike anyone who finds themselves down on their luck, meeting those affected through working with Carl Whitehead and the Salvation Army. Their food bank has been a valued resource.

Last year I was awarded Community Champion Councillor of the Year. I promise not to let it go to my head, well maybe a little bit! I want to thank all those who nominated me, not just for the award, but everyone who made it possible for me to be your Mayor.

That is why my New Year's resolution as Mayor is to work even harder to promote our wonderful town, and as your Councillor to work for all of our diverse and generous community. I hope to see more of you at the many events planned this year for Ramsgate and I wish you all the very best for 2020.
Written by:
Raushan Ara,
Mayor of Ramsgate