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Civic Office Monthly Update

Always a busy time of year for the Civic office, November saw both the Provost and the Depute Provost out and about, supporting communities across South Ayrshire.

Remembrance Sunday is always an important day for us and this year had added poignancy. For Britain, 2016 marked a significant anniversary. One hundred years ago, on the 18th of November 1916, the battle of the Somme officially came to an end, having claimed the lives or injured more than a million men. This, alongside the continued needs of the current generation of armed forces personal was recognised at our attendance at a number of Remembrance services including the Cenotaph and at the Auld Kirk in Ayr.

We were privileged to pay tribute to the tireless charity work of Yvonne Morrison who was awarded the British Empire Medal for her services to Ayrshire Cancer Support. Having driven as a volunteer driver for the charity’s Hospital Transport Service since 1982, Yvonne clocked up more than 30,000 miles last year alone taking people to and from the Beatson centre in Glasgow. Yvonne has been very much part of the driving force behind Ayrshire Cancer Support and should be rightly proud of the difference she’s made.

It was a significant month for the latest batch of students graduating from both the University of the West of Scotland and Ayrshire College. After so much hard work, revision and assessment it was great to see so many happy people. We wish the young people all the very best in their future careers.

We often visit people at home to celebrate major birthdays and anniversaries and this month was no different. Mary Douneghey celebrated her 100th birthday in Ayr. Mary worked in Grays Carpet factory in the town and then worked in Barassie Works until she became a full time mum in 1946. She celebrated her remarkable birthday with her daughter, two grand-daughters and three great grandchildren.

South Ayrshire’s unsung heroes were officially recognised at the Outstanding People Awards (TOPA) 2016 at Ayr Racecourse. Among the winners at the Council run event were the team working behind the scenes at The Open, the community group that created the magical Fullarton Fairy Trail, enthusiastic litter pickers at the Scottish International Airshow, as well as a project for the festive season where Council staff dug deep to donate handpicked gifts on Christmas Day.

Marking the start of the festive period and towns across South Ayrshire celebrated the annual switch-on of their Christmas lights. We were represented at Ayr, Maybole and Troon with thousands of people turning out to support their local communities.

If you would like the civic office to recognise anyone in South Ayrshire, get in touch by phoning 01292 612 498 or emailing

The Provost's Office

County Buildings,
Wellington Square,
Ayr KA7 1DR


Tel: 01292 612 498

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