Centennial memorials and twin towns and were just some of the main areas keeping the Civic Office busy in April, with a full programme also including a major event for the Year of Young People. South Ayrshire Provost, Helen Moonie, and Depute Provost, William Grant, were out and about, celebrating the individuals and organisations who do so much work to help put something back into our communities.
Once described as the father of the Royal Air Force, Lieutenant General David Henderson was honoured at a special ceremony in Girvan at the start of the month. With major events taking place in London, the South Ayrshire service at Doune Cemetery, where General Henderson's ashes were scattered and where his son is buried, was the only event to mark his contribution in Scotland, providing a timely reminder on the 100th anniversary of the formation of the RAF.
Provost Moonie attended the annual awards ceremony for the Work Out programme at Ayr Town Hall, where more than 90 young people were celebrated. Taking place as part of the programme for the Year of Young People, Work Out provides work placements to young people in S4 – S6 in a range of occupational areas across the council, community planning partners and local businesses. The programme has been designed to provide a range of experiences for the young person and to help develop their employability, communication skills and working with others.
As you may know, the people of Ariccia and Prestwick have been linked as twin towns since 2009. April saw Provost Moonie travel to Italy to forge further links as part of the Prestwick Twinning Association delegation. Originally conceived as a way of building relationships after World War Two, today twinning is much more about exchanging culture and networking. Business links are also explored to mutually benefit the towns and help enrich local economies.
And it was two-way traffic with a delegation of young rugby players from St Germain en Laye in France coming to visit their twin town in Ayr. As part of the trip, the under-12's team played against Ayr for the Marie Stuart Trophy donated by the Association of British Ports. It was a real pleasure to host this enthusiastic group and we hope to see them back soon.
Last but my no means least was the civic reception for Ayr Guildry in the stunning location of Belleisle Conservatory in full bloom. Ayr Guildry is a voluntary organisation with roots dating back to 1325, and makes a significant contribution to civic life. This event highlighted the great work which continues to take place across South Ayrshire, with Provost Moonie proud to have taken part.
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