A new term at North Ayrshire Council has been marked by a traditional church service in Irvine.

The Kirkin’ of the Council service took place in Irvine’s Old Parish Church on Sunday November 20 and saw the area's new and returning councillors blessed by the local clergy.

The service is a historic custom that is used to inaugurate a new council term in Scotland, and commonly takes place after local elections.

Local organisations and members of the public joined elected members and officials for the service.

Provost Anthea Dickson said: “I would like to thank those who attended the traditional service which serves as an important reminder for all of us in public service.

“We have a duty to represent the people of North Ayrshire and work together to improve their lives.

“That message seems to be more important and relevant than ever with the challenges we are all facing on a day-to-day basis.

“A big thanks to the local clergy for a wonderful service and to everyone who came along on the day.”