The future of a 400-year-old religious ceremony in which Highland councillors and officials are blessed appeared secured yesterday.
The annual Kirking of the Council had been in doubt after former Inverness provost Bob Wynd last year called for it to be held every four years in line with the inauguration of the council.
But newly-elected provost Jimmy Gray confirmed yesterday that it will continue to be held annually with the next one, where youth and music will feature heavily, taking place on September 7.
For the first time the religious service will feature handbell ringers as well as readings by the Rev Mark Strange, Bishop of Moray, Ross and Caithness of the Scottish Episcopal Church, and Mark Hadfield of the Inverness Street Pastors Project.
The Rev Peter Nimmo said he believed that the controversy surrounding the event over the past year had actually increased interest in the ceremony.
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