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Kirking Of The Council To Be Held This Weekend

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A traditional church service to mark the start of the new five-year term for Renfrewshire Council will take place at Paisley Abbey this weekend.

The Kirking of the Council is a long-held custom to inaugurate a new term for the local authority, and this year’s event takes place at 11am on Sunday June 10.

Members of the public are invited to attend the event, where they will join councillors, MPs, MSPs council officials, and representatives of local faith and community groups.

For this year’s event, councillors agreed to widen the focus on faith groups, and invited representatives of other religions, including Hinduism, Judaism and Islam, to ensure a wider representation.Jea

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall said: “The Kirking of the Council is an occasion of symbolic importance for the council, as it is very much in keeping with tradition.

“But it is an occasion we are keen to celebrate in the company of the people we were elected to represent, which is why the invitation to attend has been extended to all members of the public. We hope to see as many people as possible there.”

Those attending are asked to be in their seats no later than ten minutes before the start of the service, which will be led by Reverend Alan Birss and Bishop Phillip Tartaglia.