Town makes new year resolutions to benefit the community

The MacDonald from Toronto, Canada, help to launch Harleston's New Year resolutions. Picture: ian Ca

The MacDonald from Toronto, Canada, help to launch Harleston's New Year resolutions. Picture: ian Carstairs - Credit: Archant

For the second year in a row the residents of one town have got together to make community new year resolutions.

Following the success of Harleston's 2016 resolution to think – to highlight the importance for both pedestrians to think of drivers and drivers to think of pedestrians – the town has made two new ones.

The first one, think2wice, is to reinforce the important message of taking care of other people on the roads and pavements, including not using a mobile phone when driving.

And the second is to make 1,000 origami cranes as a symbol of a wish for peace –which ties in with the Harleston and District Rotary Club's participation in the promotion of peace initiatives.

Norman Hart, chairman of Harleston's Future which organises the resolution, said: 'We promised we'd not let our resolution fade and we kept to our word – I wonder how many people can say they kept up their resolution for the entire year?

'But added to that there was still a long way to go over thinking about the other person's position as we use the roads and pavements in town, and that's why we are continuing the campaign, especially over the issues of speeding and aggressive driving.'

The first cranes were made by the MacDonald family, only hours after they arrived in the town from Toronto in Canada.

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Mike MacDonald said: 'Harleston is a great town, known for its community spirit. It's a pleasure to share in a New Year project which sends an important global message from the local stage.'

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