The RAF centenary service at Turnberry
High-flying with a big band sound; hitting the high notes with Scottish Opera; celebrating the role of the RAF; twin town milestone anniversaries; sportsability and golf were some of the main areas keeping the Civic Office busy in September. 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.
The month got off to a soaring start when the Scottish International Airshow brought more than 105,000 people to Ayr's Low Green, with the glorious Red Arrows closing both days of aerial displays. The Provost marked the event at a big band celebration at Ayr Town Hall which was held in honour of the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the RAF. We'll be welcoming the Airshow back for a three-day event in 2020, making it the biggest to date.
The month saw services held to mark Merchant Navy Day in both Ayr and Girvan, while the Provost also attended a Battle of Britain Remembrance service in Prestwick, an RAF Centenary service at Turnberry, and a Defence Medical Service event in Edinburgh to celebrate 'Caring for those who serve'. Collectively all these groups play a huge role in national life, with further commemorations scheduled to take place later this year marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.
We're proud of our international links through the work of the twin town associations and September saw significant milestones for two of our communities. Troon welcomed a delegation from Villeneuve Sur Lot in France, while Provost Moonie travelled with a group from Girvan to Torcy in France – both South Ayrshire towns were celebrating an incredible thirty years of friendship with their Gallic counterparts. By embracing our shared values, exploring potential business links for our economies and by giving young people the chance to meet new people and explore new countries, we build bridges and create mutual understanding – something that will continue in the years ahead.
South Ayrshire has a great track record in attracting first class entertainment and the latest event at the Gaiety theatre was no exception. Depute Provost, Grant, was on hand to see Scottish Opera's national tour, which forms part of its commitment to showcase their talent in communities across Scotland. We were proud to host Scottish Opera for a memorable evening and we hope to welcome them back again in the very near future.
In sport, the Provost attended the annual Ayrshire Sportsability Roll of Honour Awards at Ayr Academy. The event promotes sporting opportunities for children and young people with disabilities and Provost Moonie was impressed by the dedication of all those represented on the day. The month was rounded off with the Girvan Golf Classic which saw more than 80 people from across the UK compete at Girvan Golf Course for the Carrick Herald Quaich, the Ailsa Trophy, and £1,000 prize money. Congratulations to this year's winners, John Ralston and Paul Mylet and our thanks to everyone who took part and making it such a memorable weekend.
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