Long-time community campaigner and Redcar Councillor Chris Abbott is today celebrating the publication of the 300th edition of his Newcomen Ward “Focus”.
The unbroken series of newsletters began in October 1984, raising issues of council house rent, fly-tipping and asbestos. The “Focus” newsletter has always been about community politics and getting things done for local people issue number one carried the tag line: “It’s often the little things that really matter to people”. Thirty years later, Cllr Chris Abbott continues to work by this premise.
Commenting, Chris Abbott said:
“We have come a long way since the early days when we produced Focus on a typewriter, cut and paste headlines with Letraset and hand drawn graphics.
“Although we now have good quality printing facilities, all the work is still produced and distributed by volunteers at no cost to residents.
“It’s been a pleasure to support the local community these past thirty years and I look forward to many more.”
Liberal Democrat MP for the Redcar Constituency, Ian Swales commented:
“This is an incredible achievement for Chris Abbott.
“It goes to prove that Liberal Democrats are passionate about our local area and work all year round for the benefit of communities.”