Saturday was a great day for Burnley. Beating Charlton 3 goals to nil was a fabulous way to end the season. Winning the Championship and securing promotion to the Premiership is a fantastic achievement and I would like to personally congratulate Sean Dyche, the players and everyone at Burnley Football Club. The success of the Clarets gives everyone in the town a real boost and I'm already looking forward to next season. It just goes to,show considering Burnley’s success alongside that of Leicester City’s that it is not all about money. Teamwork and determination can win the day. I hope that this won't add to David Cameron’s confusion when he struggles to remember whether he supports Aston Villa or West Ham!
It seems that Burnley just can't stop winning. I have just heard from the Burnley Twinning Association that Burnley has been awarded Le Drapeau D’honneur for the work that has been done by Burnley people to strengthen our relationship with citizens in other European countries. Anything that promotes understanding and builds bonds between different nations is to be encouraged and I would like to congratulate all those involved. Since 1959 Burnley has been twinned with Vitry-Sur-Seine, a French town close to Paris. I haven't personally visited yet but I have heard some good reports.
I have been following the London Mayoral election really closely not least because Sadiq Khan, is a personal friend. I was delighted to see him win in London because he is a very impressive individual, who will be a fantastic Mayor for our capital. I was really pleased to welcome him to Burnley last year. During that visit we had a very enjoyable session with students at Burnley College. Sadiq is a football fan and I was proud to take him to Turf Moor and I know that he will be pleased that we now have another trophy in the cabinet. He himself is a Liverpool FC fan – the less said about that the better!
On a less cheerful note Government cuts continue to hurt and this week Lancashire County Council has begun a consultation to determine which public buildings will close as the result of Government funding cuts. Those at risk include some libraries and community centres in Burnley. I am keen to work with the community to save as much provision as possible and I have already had several meetings with community management groups. It makes really angry when I know that David Cameron’s constituency has enjoyed increased funding. So it is fair to say that his mother won't be losing her local library.
I was really pleased to call in at The Scullery café at Burnley’s Horse and Pony Protection Association (HAPPA) at Shore Hey Farm in Briercliffe last week. HAPPA provides a safe home for around 60 horses and ponies that have all suffered cruelty or neglect. The café, which is a relatively new addition is really lovely. You can sit enjoying your meal, admire the view and catch a glimpse of the horses. If you haven't visited yet I thoroughly recommend it.