Seasons greetings from the Mayor of Dartford, Ian Armitt

PUBLISHED: 10:00 25 December 2015

Mayor with members of DAODS at the Big Christmas Switch On

Mayor with members of DAODS at the Big Christmas Switch On


Celebrating a great 2015

The Mayor of Dartford, Ian Armitt, is wishing everyone in Dartford a merry Christmas and a happy new year.

Mr Amitt has sent the following message:

It’s that time of year again and from what I’ve seen in the past few weeks, the Christmas spirit is well and truly alive in Dartford!

The festive fun started on Saturday 14 November when I was invited to appear at Dartford’s Big Christmas Switch On. Despite the damp weather it was a great afternoon with thousands of people arriving to see actor and comedian Shane Richie switch on the Christmas lights in the town centre. The crowds also enjoyed entertainment from DAODS, Jamie Johnson and the cast of New Jersey Nights, plus appearances from Paddington™ and Mister Maker.

The Mayoress and I have been invited to lots more fantastic festive events over the past month or so including fundays, fairs and fetes. It’s been great to meet so many local people, young and old, at these events who are spreading the Christmas cheer amongst Dartford’s communities!

We’ve also been pleased to accept invitations to some great performances, concerts and pantomimes in the run-up to Christmas, and we can thoroughly recommend Dick Whittington at The Orchard Theatre, starring Shane Richie!

With so many things going on over the festive period, it’s important to still remember those less fortunate than ourselves and to help wherever possible, both at home and abroad. There are groups of people and charitable organisations all over Dartford doing their best to help those struggling at this time of year including the Salvation Army, food banks and the Dartford Toy Appeal.

I’m now over halfway through my third term as Mayor of Dartford and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the wonderful local people I’ve met so far. The Mayoress and I would also like to thank everyone who has supported my Charity Appeal for the Lollipop Fund at Darent Valley Hospital. Together I hope we can raise enough money to help the hospital further improve their equipment in the Children’s High Dependency Unit and continue to support the children and families in their care.

Lynne and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy 2016!

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