Homecoming Parade, Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland, Ayr, - June 2016

The Lord Lieutenant took the Salute at a recent Homecoming Parade in Ayr as the Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland paraded through Ayr on their return from a recent deployment to Afghanistan. The Regiment, who have strong links to the town, were heavily involved in the training of officers of the Afghan National Army in Kabul.

The Lord Lieutenant was accompanied by the Provost of South Ayrshire, Cllr Helen Moonie, and Major General Euan Loudon during the march past.

The Lord Lieutenant then presented operational medals to four local soldiers who had played a vital role during the tour of duty during a Civic Reception hosted by South Ayrshire Council.

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National Service of Thanksgiving, St Paul's Cathedral, London - June 2016

The Lord Lieutenant and Mrs Duncan attended the National Service Of Thanksgiving to mark the 90th birthday of Her Majesty The Queen in St Paul's Cathedral, London on Friday 10th June 2016 and thereafter a Reception in the Guildhall.

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Queen's Birthday Honours List - 2016

The Lord Lieutenant sends his sincere congratulations to the following residents of Ayrshire and Arrran who were recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours List that was issued on 10th June 2016;

  • Order of the British Empire.
  • Member of the Order of the British Empire.
  • Mrs Margaret Helen Mason Harper, Depute Head Teacher, Grange Academy, Kilmarnock for services to Education.
  • Medallists of the Order of the British Empire.
  • Alastair John Chisholm, Organist and Lay Preacher, The Cathedral of the Isles, Millport, Isle of Cumbrae, for services to Music and Culture on the Isle of Cumbrae.
  • M/s Yvonne Jacqueline Morrison, Volunteer Driver, Cancer Support Ayrshire, for services to Cancer Support in Ayrshire.

All of the recipients will receive their awards at special ceremonies later in the year.

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Applications invited for Queen's Award for Enterprise 2017

The Cabinet Office have recently announced that applications for the Queen's Award for Enterprise 2017 are now being accepted.

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North Ayrshire Athletics Club, Saltcoats, Winner of Queen's Award for Voluntary Service - 2016

The Lord Lieutenant is pleased to announce that a voluntary group, North Ayrshire Athletics Club, based in Saltcoats, and which works in the community to provide a wide range of athletics activities in the area of Ardrossan, Saltcoats and Stevenston, has been honoured with the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award that a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

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Meeting with 103 year old Squadron Leader Wally Lashbrook MBE DFC AFC DFM, Honorary Patron, Ayr Detachment, Army Cadet Force

Deputy Lieutenant David Dickson, who is also Chairman of the Army Cadet League ( West Lowland) CSM Graeme Murray, Cdt Sgt McDonald, Cdt Cpl McGerty of The West Lowland Battalion ACF (Ayr Detachment) recently visited Sqn Ldr Wally Lashbrook MBE DFC AFC DFM at Berelands Home Prestwick.

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