A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of giving a tour of Gainsborough town centre to the head of a large company thinking of investing here.
The man hadn’t been to Gainsborough before, so I said, “Come on – I’ll show you.”
His visit had started at Trent Valley Academy – ‘Wow! What an amazing place!’
Then down Corringham Road to the great new European headquarters of PING – ‘very impressive!’
Past all the new houses – ‘very nice.’ Down Spital Terrace – ‘Some lovely old buildings aren’t there?’
Entering Marshall’s Yard he was really getting excited – ‘I didn’t know you had all this here!’
We then went down Trinity Street – ‘It’s got a lot of character.’
Onto Trent Street – ‘It’s quite trendy isn’t it.”
And on past the Old Hall – ‘That’s amazing,’ past the leisure centre and back up to school.
His response? ‘What a great little town – I wouldn’t mind living here myself.’
Gainsborough is a great little town. Some people talk about it as though it’s some sort of urban, inner city jungle, but it isn’t.
There are some, who in their efforts to sort out problems in their locality only see the negative with the result that they are not really capable of changing anything.
They spend so much time looking at what hasn’t been done and criticising, that they fail to see what has been done or what can be done.
In my first few days as Mayor, I have been really touched and very impressed at how positive, enthusiastic and supportive people have been.
As I work full time, some of the daytime civic events will be attended to by the deputy mayor, Coun David Manning, with my primary focus being to facilitate the positive and effective running of the town council through being an effective chairman.
I intend to spend this year trying to focus on what I can do for the town.
We have two big events coming up in the town, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee festivities and the Riverside Festival.
This is a chance for all the town to come out, mix with others, have a laugh and a good time.
So, please join in and help make the events what you want them to be. You might even enjoy yourselves. And let’s talk up the town.
Coun Lesley Rollings
Gainsborough Town Council