The Mayor of Royal Sutton Coldfield has praised the strong community spirit in the town in his Christmas message.
Councillor Derrick Griffin said: “I have met very many volunteers as part of my official duties this year and I am very aware of the strong sense of community in our Royal Town. Sutton Coldfield has a long tradition of people doing exceptional work for the benefit of residents. In the autumn I was privileged to present the Community Awards to some of our unsung heroes, but I know that there are many more people who support their neighbours and their communities every day. Representing the town at official events, I see a strong sense of civic pride, and I too am proud to say I live in Sutton Coldfield.
“I also know that many people will be working and volunteering over the Christmas period, looking after the vulnerable, the lonely and the sick and I want to thank them and pay tribute to them.
“I want to wish everyone in the Town a peaceful and joyful Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.”