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Irvine Harbour Festival of Light Awarded Best Festival

Congratulations to David Mann and all the team at the Scottish Maritime Museum who were awarded the accolade of Scotland’s Best Festival for their Harbour Festival of Light at the inaugural Eventit Awards. They also picked up the Creative Festival Excellence Award.

The whole event was wonderful but I particularly enjoyed the spectacular St Andrew’s night illuminations and I thought it was very apt that the amazing fireworks were let off on the Ardeer peninsula at the site of the Old Nobel Dynamite Works! The finale was a superb acrobatic display within the Museum itself with performers on ropes and trapezes which were suspended from the Linthouse roof, and I am delighted the Museum has been given such well-deserved recognition.

Ayrshire College wins UK Training Provider of the Year

UK Training Provider of the Year award at the ‘Semta Skills Awards’. Semta is the Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance, responsible for engineering skills for the future of the UK’s most advanced sectors.

Ayrshire College was the only college or university shortlisted for any award at this prestigious ceremony, which is a fantastic achievement in itself. The award recognised the College’s support for the aerospace industry in Ayrshire and its industry-led skills planning through strategic partnerships with companies.

It also acknowledged that this partnership working has resulted in delivering excellence in apprenticeships, creating pathways to industry for school pupils by encouraging positive choices through initiatives like Foundation Apprenticeships and Mission Discovery, and developing employability programmes with companies like Prestwick Aircraft Maintenance for unemployed engineers.

Well done to all those involved for such well-deserved recognition.

New National Power Cut phone line

Constituents can call 105 to report or get information about power cuts in their local area. 105 is a free service, available to people in England, Scotland and Wales. You can call the number from most landlines and mobile phones.

Your can also contact the SP Energy Networks Emergency Customer Contact Number on 0800 092 9290 from a landline or a mobile.