Days getting shorter – but no less full for me!

Mayor Ray Berry
Mayor Ray Berry

From the White House, by mayor of Leighton-Linslade, Ray Berry...

Firstly, my apologies for missing my last LBO slot; some of you may be aware that my father-in-law, Frank Roberts, was taken ill and died in Scotland.

Despite having flown Spitfires with the Free French for all of the War beyond the Battle of Britain, and being awarded the Croix de Guerre, Frank was always the quiet, unassuming man who never spoke at any length about his experiences – my definition of a hero!

My Deputy Mayor, Councillor David Bowater, “kindly” picked up the reins in my absence, taking great delight in tweeting his enjoyment throughout the opening evening at the LB Brewery – suffice to say that I did go and give my apologies personally, on my return, and that it is a pleasure to have a brewer back in town after so many years.

I also visited several of the other small enterprises in the town, in the company of the chairman and organisers of the Federation of Small Businesses, to whom I offer my heartfelt thanks. Throughout the day, I was delighted to hear the positive opinions of all the owners and staff, on both their own prospects and those of the town.

Whilst the days are getting shorter, they are no less full. Called at short notice to sub for our MP (In the House for the ISIL debate!), in one day I opened the refurbished Clarence Road Post Office, then moved on to The Litten Tree for one of the Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning events.

A quick change and I was off to the L&D Hospital Radio open afternoon. I then closed my day with the High Sheriff’s reception for Crimebeat at Chicksands.

Which brings me nicely to a thank you. During August, we have seen the early benefits of the drive to enrol Special Constables in the Bedfordshire Police; indications are that the town saw around 1,000 hours of additional policing during that month. On your behalf, may I offer my thanks to Sgt Andy Rivers and his bosses for their undoubted support, but most of all can I say thank you to all the volunteers who are giving us this level of peace of mind and security with no direct benefit to themselves – did I mention heroes?