Members of the public are invited along to join recently-elected councillors in a historic service to mark a new term at North Ayrshire Council.

The traditional Kirkin’ of the Council service is to be held this Sunday, August 13.

The Kirkin’ is long-held custom to inaugurate a new term for the local authority and usually takes place following local elections.

Elected members and officials are joined by local organisations and members of the public where a blessing will be bestowed on the Council by the local clergy.

Provost Ian Clarkson said members of the public would be made most welcome at this weekend’s service.

“This is a public service and I would be delighted to see a large turnout for what is a very special occasion,” said Provost Clarkson.

“The service is open for anyone to attend and will remind us of the importance of working together to improve the lives of our communities.”

Prior to the service, attendees will gather outside Irvine Townhouse at 1.30pm and parade to Irvine’s Old Parish Church. The 2017 Kirkin’ of the Council service will take place at 2pm.