The Lord Mayor has sent a Christmas message to Coventry.
"As Lord Mayor of Coventry, I am delighted to wish you a very merry Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year.
Christmas is a wonderful time of year. It is a time of giving thanks for all we have, for being with loved ones and for thinking of those less fortunate.
It is a time to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas - of peace and goodwill to all.
That is a message Coventry works tirelessly to spread around the world. We lead by example as a marvellous multicultural city where people of all faiths and cultures live together in friendship, and we work to end conflict and aggression wherever it happens.
This year we have welcomed refugees from Syria and helped them to start a fresh life in our city. They are so grateful for your help and I hope we will always be a safe haven for those who are forced to flee their homelands.
It is so sad that more than 2,000 years after the first Christmas we still need to call for a more peaceful world – but the way the people of our city help with that message makes me so proud.
One of the great joys of my role is being able to go around the city, meeting the people and community groups that make it the wonderful, friendly place it is today.
I have been to school fetes and international peace forums; started small charity walks and major events – and the one thing they all have in common is the massive amount of goodwill and generosity shown by the people of Coventry.
That spirit is with us all year round, but at Christmas time, it always seems that little bit stronger.
So, this Christmas, let us all once again think of others and, if we can, give just that little bit extra. The gift need not be bought or wrapped in decorative paper – it can be a smile, a greeting, or a visit to bring joy to the faces of those who might be lonely or in need; it can be a thank-you to those who work to keep us safe and healthy.
We all have some power to make Christmas even better.
May you all have a merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year."
Councillor Lindsley Harvard
Lord Mayor of the City of Coventry