At the Commonwealth flag ceremony.
South Ayrshire Provost Helen Moonie has today (9 March 2015) raised the Commonwealth Flag at the St Germain-en-Laye Gardens, Ayr, marking Commonwealth Day 2015.
Commonwealth Day is the annual celebration of the Commonwealth of Nations, with civic dignitaries, local authorities, schools, community groups and charities throughout the British Isles taking part in local flag raising events and ceremonies of dedication.
Every year celebrates a theme and, in 2015, it is 'A Young Commonwealth'. The flag raising event was attended by pupils and teachers from South Ayrshire schools, members of the South Ayrshire Youth Forum, Active Schools ambassadors and local members of the Scottish Youth Parliament.
Provost Moonie said: "Young people represent the future and those aged under 29 are now the biggest group in the Commonwealth – which means they will be the Commonwealth leaders for tomorrow.
"South Ayrshire is fortunate to have so many active, caring and passionate young citizens, who are already showing they have the skills, passion and dedication to make a real difference for others, now and in the future."
A special message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was read out by the Lord Lieutenant of Ayrshire and Arran, John Duncan QPM and the Commonwealth Affirmation was read by Councillor Bill McIntosh, Leader of South Ayrshire Council.
Provost Moonie added: "The Commonwealth Flag is a reminder that we are part of a much bigger family – one where we can all learn from each other, sharing ideas, respecting cultures and valuing all people.
"I'm happy our young people know this – and do it so well.
"Today's flag raising is a celebration of the Commonwealth and our youth – and we'll do everything we can to support and encourage all our young citizens at every step on their journey towards becoming tomorrow's Commonwealth."
Pictured at the Commonwealth flag ceremony are (left to right) Councillor Bill McIntosh, Leader of South Ayrshire Council, South Ayrshire Provost Helen Moonie and Lord Lieutenant of Ayrshire and Arran, John Duncan QPM.