Lord Provost Eva Bolander: Christmas message
Christmas is traditionally a time for getting together with family and friends and celebrating the good things in our lives.
However, for some people Christmas can be a difficult time and my thoughts go out to those who are alone, and vulnerable or unwell. I'm also aware that some people may have had a bereavement and will be mourning the loss of a loved one.
As Lord Provost, I'm proud to represent a diverse and vibrant city. A city of many cultures and faiths. Naturally, that means not everyone will celebrate Christmas. However, it's still a great time of year to get together and enjoy the company of family and friends.
2017 has been an incredible year for me. I was elected Lord Provost and given the honour and privilege of representing Glasgow at home and abroad and I'm proud that my colleagues gave me their vote of confidence and appointed me as First Citizen
I can tell you, I've been overwhelmed by the reception I've received. I know, having lived here for 22 years, that Glasgow is a welcoming city. The encouragement, support and enthusiasm I've received from individuals, community groups and businesses, in my role as Lord Provost, has been amazing.
I'm also hugely indebted to the Lord Dean of Guild, Ian Dickson of the Merchants House and the Deacon Convener Alistair Dorward of the Trades House, the city's Second and Third Citizens, for their support and wisdom.
Another highlight for me, this year, was being made Chieftain of the World Pipe Band Championships, having the opportunity to play the bagpipes and, the extreme honour of presenting prizes to friends and acquaintances participating in the Worlds.
I'm also looking forward to next year when we host the 2018 European Championships and the ceremony to mark the end of the commemoration of the centenary of the First World War.
I send you my very best wishes for the season.