ANGUS Provost Ruth Leslie-Melville, in her festive message, has intimated that she is to stand down at the 2012 elections.
But, for now, the Provost focused on Christmas a period she described as “a wonderful and hectic time of year”.
“For many of us it gives us a chance to spend valuable time with family and friends,” commented Ruth Leslie-Melville (pictured right).
“However, many are unable to be with their loved ones.
“Our thanks go to the hundreds of people in our communities who will be working over the holidays in our hospitals and care homes.
“The emergency services too will be on duty, ensuring we are safe and cared for over the festive season.
“Particular thoughts and prayers are with the men and women of our armed services who are separated from their families at this time.
“We must also remember those who choose to give their time to others, volunteering not only at Christmas but throughout the year.
“This will be my last Christmas message as Provost as I have decided to retire from the council at the May election.
“I wish everyone health and happiness in the years to come.
“We have a great deal of which to be proud in the county.
“During my term of office it has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with the people, the companies, the voluntary sector and the communities who through their endeavours make Angus a wonderful place to be.
God bless you all at Christmas time and I wish you a peaceful New Year.”