Rothesay to host ‘kirking of the council’

Rothesay will host a ‘Kirking of the Council’ service for the first time in 40 years this Sunday.

The Kirking of the Council, a long-held custom to inaugurate a new term for the local authority, hasn’t been held on Bute since local government reorganisation abolished the old Rothesay Town Council in 1975.

The ‘kirking’ ceremony will form part of the Sunday morning service at the United Church of Bute at 11am on November 25.

Members of Argyll and Bute Council are due to attend along with other civic dignitaries, including the Lord Lieutenant of Argyll and Bute, Patrick Stewart.

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

‘Kirking of the Council’ services in Argyll and Bute have been held in Helensburgh, Inveraray and Dunoon in recent years.

In its previous guise as Rothesay High Kirk, the parish church of Rothesay, the United Church was the regular venue for the ‘kirking’ of Rothesay Town Council, whose members would parade up the town’s High Street in their civic finery on their way to the service.