Christmas message from the Lord-Lieutenant


This Christmas will be like no other. With Kent and Medway in Tier 4, we face the toughest restrictions. Celebrations are on hold. My thoughts are with the people who will be apart from families, some spending their first Christmas alone.
The past year has been filled with grief and disappointment. We think of those who have lost loved ones to Covid-19; young people whose education has been disrupted; the harm to physical and mental health; the loss of jobs, pressure on family budgets; and businesses facing huge challenges.
Yet there have been reasons to be joyful. We celebrate the amazing work of key workers; scientists tirelessly searching for a vaccine; charities, volunteers, young people, friends and neighbours carrying out selfless tasks for others; the armed forces helping civilian services in so many ways; heroes like Captain Sir Tom Moore and Kent’s tenacious young fundraiser Tony Hudgell; and the inspiration of the natural world in our beautiful county.
I’m grateful to my volunteer colleagues in the Kent Lieutenancy, a role dating back to Tudor times, for carrying out many tasks throughout the year, most recently at Remembrance Services that honoured those who served. We value the inspiration of Her Majesty the Queen and the contribution by the Royal Family during this difficult year.
Charles Dickens, an author so closely associated with Kent and Medway, summed up the past year in A Tale of Two Cities. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”
As we look beyond this unusual festive season, I hope and pray that the worst of times will end in 2021, that the vaccination programme will offer protection, and that everyone can celebrate next Christmas in the usual way.
Kent and Medway have faced many trials in the past and pulled through. We will pull through this one too.
I wish you a safe and blessed Christmas, and happiness and good health in 2021.
With Best Wishes
Lady Colgrain

Lord Lieutenant of Kent