It's been a busy time in the Civic Office in recent weeks with Christmas lights switched on, overseas visitors, concerts, and lots more.
Depute Provost William Grant took part in Go Purple Day to help to raise money for the Ayrshire Hospice. Whether it was dressing down for the day, selling goodies, organising events or just having fun, lots of money was raised by the Council to help this worthy cause.
Our stunning coastline, and South Ayrshire's unique history and culture were the main talking points as Provost Helen Moonie welcomed a Norwegian tourism delegation to Girvan. This was a great opportunity to talk about everything that South Ayrshire has to offer visitors so fingers crossed they come back for a longer stay next time.
South Ayrshire is a special place to live, so it's no wonder that more people are taking part in our Citizenship ceremonies and Provost Moonie was on hand to congratulate them. We also welcomed home soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Scotland following a six month tour.
Commemorations took place across South Ayrshire to mark Armistice Day and both the Provost and Depute Provost were heavily involved. There was the amazing poppy banner, the pages of the sea project on Ayr Beach and Provost unveiled the latest carving at Rozelle Remembrance Woodland - an impressive Spitfire plane.
Depute Provost Grant attended events to mark Interfaith Week. As 2018 is the Year of Young People the theme for this year's week was connecting generations. Lots of events have also taken place this year to recognise the achievements of young people and to ensure they continue to find their voice.
The Council's renewed focus on people young and old was celebrated at The Outstanding People Awards (TOPA), Provost Moonie was delighted to hand out some of the awards to Council staff who have gone above and beyond to deliver first-class public services.
Provost Moonie was inspired to see real stories of personal progress at the Alcohol and Drug partnership Volunteer Peer Working Project Graduation Ceremony. The programme provides training and support to people in recovery from alcohol or drug misuse and offered opportunities to undertake work-based placements and SVQ qualifications.
Throughout the festive season the night sky has been lit up by twinkling festive lights in towns and villages throughout South Ayrshire. Provost Moonie has been taking part in many of the celebrations during the countdown to Christmas.
Christmas lunches, shows and concerts have been taken place in December and a big thank you goes to the organisers for making their events a success.
Finally from everyone in the Civic Office, we hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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