Many of us have become councillors having arrived from outside of the city.

As a Scotsman, I have most likely arrived from further away than most! I love Worcester because it is big enough to punch its weight and yet small enough to retain that community feel.

People genuinely seem to care about our great city and that is heartening. I have been able to get involved in community life, arts & culture, heritage, charitable and political life in Worcester in a way that is simply not possible in other cities and it shows just how welcoming all our institutions are.

We have a thriving business sector and are enjoying constant investment thanks to passionate business leaders such as the BID and the LEP as well as the individual businesses who always push "Brand Worcester."

We have a fantastic sports offering, cultural offering and we are a city where people feel safe too. What I love the most though is how we are so absolutely spoiled for choice with our heritage.

We go as far back as woolly mammoths, through to the Romans,
our civil wars (yes wars; we’re not just about King Charles and Cromwell), our role in founding modern democracy, King John and Magna Carta, our stunning cathedral, a proud regimental history and of course, Sir Edward Elgar; the list goes on and on.

That is before you get near the countless fantastic community events which people are so wonderful in supporting.

A city is more than just bricks & mortar, history is more than just the passage of time; it is the people. It is clear how much Worcester's residents love their city, and I am proud to call myself one of them.