A seasonal message to Kent Life readers from the Lord Lieutenant of Kent

The Viscount De L'Isle MBE, The Queen's representative in Kent, looks forward to a "remarkable" 2012

A seasonal message to Kent Life readers from the Lord Lieutenant of Kent, The Viscount De L’Isle MBE, The Queen’s representative in the county

THERE is no doubt that in today’s difficult economic climate having something to enjoy is good for our morale.

Looking forward to 2012, we have two remarkable events to celebrate.

 The key dates for Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee will be the four-day weekend 2-5 June.

‘Big lunch’ street and village green parties will be held across the County, there will be thanksgiving services, a Thames Pageant including Dunkirk little ships from Kent, and a chain of 2,012 beacons will be lit across the United Kingdom, Commonwealth and protected Territories.

The Queen does not wish these to be expensive events, but rather an opportunity for communities to come together – and I believe joining in locally is a good way of demonstrating our thanks and loyalty to Her Majesty for her remarkable 60 years’ dedicated service to her people.

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That other great event – the 2012 Olympics – is taking place on our doorstep in East London and this will be a great opportunity for us to showcase our amazing County and encourage visitors to return in future.

Over the festive season Servicemen and women from Kent will still be serving on challenging operations in Afghanistan, and elsewhere. Our prayers are with them – and especially with their families left behind in our care. 

Our thoughts, too, are with the emergency services, those caring for others, and those who are ill or alone.

At this time I especially want to thank Kent’s wonderful army of volunteers who are the backbone of our County and add so much value to our lives.

My wife Isobel and I wish all readers a happy Christmas and a peaceful and successful New Year.   

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