Public representatives in Upper Bann have given their Christmas messages.
Mayor Colin McCusker said that while Christmas is a time to spend with family and friends, it can also be a “difficult time” for people.
“All of us will, myself included, be remembering loved ones who are no longer with us, friends and families who are spending Christmas in other countries and those who are working or volunteering on Christmas Day.
“So, as we celebrate this Christmas season, may I ask you all to remember others less fortunate than ourselves in your thoughts. Please take time to reflect and count your blessings, look after your neighbours, especially the elderly and those who live alone.”
Upper Bann MP David Simpson said, “Looking ahead to 2015, I have no doubt that our households will face many trials and difficulties but I trust and pray that we will face these difficulties with the determination to make this year peaceful and prosperous for us all.
“I thank you all for the support you have given me as your Member of Parliament. I do not take this role for granted and I am indebted for the confidence you have instilled upon me for the last 10 years.”
Upper Bann MLA Jo-Anne Dobson said, “We must never lose sight of God’s love, shown to us through Jesus.
“Christians across the world uniting in celebration of the birth of Jesus and God’s promise of peace, hope and love for all.
“I would like to thank the brave service women and men of Her Majesty’s Forces who are helping to bring peace here and around the world, spending Christmas thousands of miles from their families and friends.”
DUP MLA Sydney Anderson said, “An area of grave concern is that of drugs and substance abuse which is devastating, not only to young people directly affected but to their families and the whole community. You have my assurance that I will continue to lobby on all these issues on your behalf in my role as MLA.”
MLA Stephen Moutray said it was important that people remember the “real meaning of Christmas” and the most vulnerable in society”.