THE mayor of Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge has sent his warmest well wishes to residents of both towns in his annual Christmas message. 

In today's Christmas message, the mayor, councillor Mike Facey, addressed the "difficult times" residents are living through and said he hopes the new year brings "joy and prosperity".

Mayor Facey said: "I am delighted to wish our communities of Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge a very merry Christmas.

"We are living in extraordinary times, and after another tough year, it’s more important than ever to look after one another, keep ourselves safe and look forward to the new year.

"I hope 2022 brings joy and prosperity to you all.

"I wish you a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year."

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: SWITCH-ON: Cllr Mike Facey with Geoff Lewis, Donna Merky and Matt Scott.SWITCH-ON: Cllr Mike Facey with Geoff Lewis, Donna Merky and Matt Scott.

On Saturday, November 20, Cllr Facey switched on Burnham's Christmas lights alongside Wurzles singer Tommy Banner

The Christmas lights were switched on after a day of festive fun in the town, organised by Burnham and Highbridge Town Council and other town groups.

Cllr Facey was elected to his position in May 2020 after Cllr Andy Brewer and his wife, former mayoress Lorna Brewer, stepped down after one year.

On May 10, he was re-elected by members of the town council at its annual general meeting. 

Cllr Facey was born in Burnham-on-Sea, and he also grew up there. 

He attended St John’s School and later went to The King Alfred School in Highbridge.

The Conservative councillor has owned Mike Facey Plumbing & Heating Contractors in Burnham-on-Sea for 30 years.

Cllr Facey has worked within the community in a number of roles, including chairing Burnham Round Table for more than 15 years.

He also sat on the Burnham and Highbridge Medical Equipment Fund.