‘Kirking of the council’ is held in Rothesay

The eleven Argyll and Bute councillors who attended Sunday's Kirking of the Council service at the United Church of Bute, pictured with the Rev Owain Jones and Lord Lieutenant Patrick Stewart.

The eleven Argyll and Bute councillors who attended Sunday's Kirking of the Council service at the United Church of Bute, pictured with the Rev Owain Jones and Lord Lieutenant Patrick Stewart.

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Rothesay hosted a ‘kirking of the council’ service on Sunday - the first time in 40 years that the historic service has been held on Bute.

Eleven members of Argyll and Bute Council were joined by the authority’s chief executive, Sally Loudon, and invited guests including the Lord Lieutenant of the county, Patrick Stewart, for the service - a long-held Scottish tradition marking the start of a new council’s term of office - at the United Church of Bute.

The Rev Owain Jones gave an appropriately themed sermon, while the council’s Provost, Bute councillor Isobel Strong, gave a reading and presented the minister and congregation with a commemorative quaich to mark the occasion.

Rothesay was chosen as the venue for the ‘kirking’ following the election of Cllr Strong as Argyll and Bute’s new provost after May’s elections.