Why I love ReadingBy Deborah Edwards
April 30, 2012
The Oracle recently announced its latest campaign – Love Reading.
On The Oracle’s Facebook page, residents can share tips about the town – from favourite restaurants to the perfect spot for a Sunday stroll. Every month getreading will feature people’s reasons to love Reading.
This month, town Mayor Deborah Edwards explains why she came back to Reading in 1981
When I first moved to Reading in 1968, I found the people to be really warm and welcoming.
Coming from a Forces family, I was used to never staying in one place too long. There was something about Reading and the people. So when my husband decided to come out of the Royal Navy where else would we go?
My husband and I realised we wanted settle here and build a life for ourselves and our family. We never left!
What continues to impress me is how we have a diverse community that works hard for each other and the town. Reading people are enterprising and friendly, and will involve themselves by volunteering in fundraising projects and supporting those in need. Our spirit of togetherness and pride in our town and ourselves is a strong part of the Reading identity.
A lot of the feedback I receive from businesses is that they are attracted to Reading by the people as much as the location. Through the centuries Reading people have established a well-earned reputation for hard work and enterprise.
I also love that we are a very sporty place. When it comes to support, Reading people get right behind their teams. We have fantastic football and rugby teams, but what is also pleasing is how we’re seeing young people in schools and the community, with the help and support of teachers, volunteers and their parents, take up sport.
A lot of first-time visitors to Reading are amazed by our green spaces. Anyone can leave their front door and within 20 minutes be walking next to the river or canal, or in a park, green space or sports field.
I am proud to be a part of Reading and love living here.