IT’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Christmas.
Every year, I look forward to Christmas lights going up, digging tinsel out of the cupboard, and spending time with friends and family (oh, and mince pies…).
One of the best parts of being a Member of Parliament is getting to go along to the various Christmas events which pop up every year right across Tameside.
Last weekend, I went along to Christmas Fairs being held at Victoria Park Community Centre and St Mary’s church and was given the honour of leading the Christmas Tree switch-on on the Civic Square.
I also went over to St George’s Community Centre in Dane Bank and helped Lyle make his lantern for the children’s lantern parade to Denton West End Community Library.
It was a fantastic weekend and I’d like to say a huge thanks to everyone who played a part in organising these events. Your work is really appreciated and brings so much joy to local people.
Even Scrooge himself would be struggling not to crack a smile at the Christmas spirit currently on display in Tameside.
I’m not just talking about decorations and festive fairs. I’m also talking about the inspiring local people looking after those in need over the Christmas and winter months.
For many families, Christmas will feel a little different this year. I know that the impact of the cost-of-living crisis is being felt acutely here in Tameside, and many people are really worried about what the future holds.
With that in mind, it’s fantastic to see volunteers manning food banks and community pantries across Tameside, as well as helping with annual initiatives like the Tameside Toy Appeal.
If you feel like you need support over the winter months, please visit https://www.tameside.gov.uk/healthyeatingandnutrition/foodbanks