Provost's monthly update
If January is anything to go by, 2019 promises to be a busy year for the Civic Office. The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of events as we celebrated the birth of Scotland’s most famous bard — Robert Burns.
Provost Moonie attended the ceremony for the Robert Burns Humanitarian Award which took place in Burns Cottage where the bard was born 260 years ago. It was an inspirational evening with campaigner Jasvinder Sanghera CBE winning the top award. Jasvinder was recognised for her work to highlight and tackle honour-based abuse and forced marriage in the UK and beyond.
Burns once again took centre stage for a night of superb Scottish fiddling at Ayr Gaiety and Depute Provost Grant went along to listen. The ‘Burns Meets Gow’ event featured actual violins played by Robert Burns and famous eighteenth century Scottish fiddler Niel Gow.
The Provost also attended a Burns Supper to celebrate Rabbie’s significant contribution to Scottish language and culture. Depute Provost Grant attended the traditional wreath laying service at Burns Statue Square in Ayr.
The values of Robert Burns — humanity, equality and freedom were very much in evidence as South Ayrshire welcomed its newest residents. Provost Moonie was on hand to celebrate with those taking part in our latest citizenship ceremony.
One long standing South Ayrshire citizen, Ann Lawrie has just celebrated her 100th birthday. Depute Provost Grant visited Anne to congratulate her and hear about her interesting life. Ann was part of the land army working the fields to keep the nation fed during the Second World War.
Following on from commemorations last year to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War, Provost Moonie attended the Poppy Scotland Veterans visit in Kilmarnock. The poppy has become a symbol of Remembrance and sacrifice and perhaps more importantly it has helped raise millions of pounds to support the needs of veterans and their families living in Scotland.
If you would like the civic office to recognise anyone in South Ayrshire, get in touch by phoning 01292 616 685 or emailing