Passion for the town in which you live was the focus of the speech by Caistor Mayor Steve Millson following the town’s civic service.
“Caistor has been built and continues to thrive and develop through the passion of dedicated individuals, volunteers, groups, schools, societies and dare I say council,” Coun Millson told the gathering, which included Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire David Chambers and civic leaders.
“Way back in 1681, the town was practically destroyed by fire but despite this immense set back it was rebuilt by the town folks’ passion to survive.
“In fact, not long after that, this little town became famous for hosting the largest sheep fairs in England, peaking in 1858 when 60,000 sheep were sold...it must have been chaos, I wonder which passionate person had to sweep the streets after the fair?”
Coun Millson went on to pay tribute to the work done by today’s passionate residents, recalling the recent achievements of the town in winning the £2 million Lottery funding for the town centre redevelopment, being part of the BBC SOS programme and Caistor in Bloom’s success among other things.
“Today in Caistor, we are still blessed with very passionate people who have individually and collectively delivered what can only be called a Caistor renaissance over the last few years,” added Coun Millson.
“How many times do I hear ‘I can’t believe how you have transformed Caistor... it’s just fantastic what you have achieved’ - that’s vision, dedication and hard work born out of passion.”
The civic service itself was held in the parish church, led by the Rev Canon Ian Robinson and the Rev Andrew Lomax, before moving to the town hall for afternoon tea, served by The Settlement.