THE election of a former police inspector, Martin Surl, standing as an independent, to become Gloucester's first police commissioner, took us by surprise.
Why? The Citizen thought that the Conservative-backed Victoria Atkins would carry the vote.
Why? We thought the election would be political and that the Tories would get their vote out. We were wrong.
Why? The turnout was 17 per cent, proving that few people were interested.
The Citizen has tried hard to ensure our readers knew the issues from the candidates but there was little help from the Government.
Martin Surl seems an honest, no nonsense ex-copper from the Forest of Dean with a clear knowledge of policing in our county.
Is he a big enough man for the job? Only time will tell.
Perhaps it is a good thing that the current chief constable Mick Matthews is retiring from his job and going to Cyprus.
Martin Surl can then have a clear run and choose a new chief constable to his liking.
WHAT an amazing experience it was this week for the young singers and musicians from Gloucestershire who took to the stage of the Royal Albert Hall.
We are also blessed with schools and colleges who put a high premium on music and singing as part of young people's education and development.
IT is extremely worrying that a growing number of people are going to the Citizens Advice Bureau in the Forest of Dean after getting payday loans.
As Christmas approaches, with all the pressures that brings to families struggling to make ends meet anyway, people should be very wary indeed about them.