Council officials attend Kirkin’ service

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VIEWPARK’S St Columba’s Parish Church hosted the North Lanarkshire Kirkin’ of the Council.

The Very Reverend Edward Canon Glackin conducted the service, which was attended by the Lord Lieutenant of Lanarkshire Mushtaq Ahmad, Provost Jim Robertson, leader of the council Jim McCabe and representatives from Strathclyde Police and Strathclyde Fire and Rescue.

The long-standing tradition has continued since it was first held in Our Lady of Good Aid Cathedral, Motherwell, in 1996 following the formation of North Lanarkshire Council.

Since then, the Kirkin’ has taken place at different seats of worship, determined by the Provost at towns across the authority area.

The popular St Columba’s church was chosen as this year’s venue, and welcomed many new elected members for their first Kirkin’ following the recent local government elections.

Provost Robertson said: “The Kirkin’ of the Council is a special event for the council and I would like to thank Canon Glackin and the congregation of St Columba’s for giving us such a warm welcome.

“The church is a real focal point and plays an important part in the lives of the local community and does so much good and charitable work for so many people.

“We are very proud of the links we have with all the places of worship throughout North Lanarkshire and Kirkin’ of the Council helps strengthen those relationships.”