As we move forward into 2021 it is natural we reflect on the difficult year gone by.
For Dumfries and Galloway constituency and, indeed, most of the world, events have been dominated by the coronavirus pandemic.
This has brought deep sadness and loss with many people's lives being touched by the virus and efforts to control the wider impact.
My thoughts remain with those who have lost loved ones or been adversely affected in other ways.
An inspiring positive has been the groundswell of community support for those in need, from Dumfries to Stranraer and all communities in between.
I've never felt more proud to represent this constituency after learning of all the help provided by good neighbours, other individuals and organisations.
From food and friendship to collecting prescriptions and shopping, much has been done by volunteers -- whilst always observing distancing and other safeguards.
I, of course, pay tribute to all the fantastic work done by our local NHS, care teams, emergency services, council staff and the army of businesses, charities and individuals who respond to frequently changing needs.
The roll-out of the new vaccines continues apace, but the need to follow strict guidelines will remain vital for some months yet.
As we begin a new chapter, my firm hope is that UK-wide we embrace opportunities which will arise in the post-Brexit and post-Covid era.
Locally, I'm pleased that A75 and A77 improvement proposals are now on the UK Government infrastructure agenda, even though there appears, so far, little enthusiasm from the SNP Scottish Government.
An accelerated Borderlands growth deal programme is very welcome as is progress with the Stranraer waterfront development, town centre initiatives, climate change reduction and further clarity for the farming and fishing industry.
My firm hope is that 2021 becomes a year of successful recovery and regeneration. I wish all readers, whatever their political preference, a Happy and Healthy New Year!