Lord Provost Bill Campbell Blog #201/08/22
Hello, and welcome to my second Blog as the Lord Provost of Dundee.
I posted my first, and introductory, Blog last month – if you haven’t yet read it, you can still do so on the Dundee City Council website.
Having launched the Lord Provost Blog last month, I am delighted that we have now reached our first 100 Page Likes on Facebook. Thank you to the people who have taken the time to Like the Facebook Page. We have a very long road ahead to get these numbers much higher, however it is about reaching for achievable goals and our next target is 150 Likes. We will continue to keep the Lord Provost’s Blog fresh with regular inputs of news and information from the Lord Provost’s Office. This Blog is posted on our Facebook page and Twitter feed and also makes a fleeting appearance on the Dundee City Council social media channels. Please support our efforts to energise the Civic arm of Dundee City Council.
I have now set up regular meetings with the Leader of Dundee City Council and the Chief Executive. Our Lord Provost Office meetings have started up again on a fortnightly basis and I am also meeting with the Depute Lord Provost every two weeks. Last week I had a good meeting with the Executive Director for Corporate Services.
Having had the privilege of visiting Chris and Betty Barry for their Platinum Wedding anniversary, I would like to highlight that if you know anyone who is living in Dundee City who will be celebrating their 100th birthday or a Diamond (60th), Blue Sapphire (65th) or Platinum (70th) Wedding anniversary soon and would like a visit from the Lord Provost, please contact the Lord Provost’s office on: Ashley.firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, I would like to thank Bailie Helen Wright for once again standing in at one of the University Graduation ceremonies that took place in July, this one being for Abertay University.
The Council is currently in the summer recess period, however much has been occurring during July to keep the Depute Lord Provost Kevin Cordell, myself and the Lord Provost’s Office busy.
Activities over the past month included:
- Attending the final three University of Dundee Graduations in which I got a chance to catch up with many University staff as well as the University Principal & Vice-Chancellor Iain Gillespie;
- A visit to Balcarres Care Home with Council Leader John Alexander on a sunny afternoon to be given a tour of their facilities;
- Being in attendance for three of the final four Abertay University Graduations where I met with University Principal & Vice-Chancellor Liz Bacon and Chancellor Alice Brown. Bailie Helen Wright formally attended the final graduation ceremony and I thank her for her assistance;
- During the morning Abertay University Graduation ceremony of Wednesday (13th July), I met with Scotland’s most decorated track and field athlete Eilidh Doyle who was awarded an Honorary Degree;
- In recognition of their dedication and service, six council colleagues were presented with certificates in relation to their Long Service Awards for their 40 years, and a further 75 council colleagues for their 25 years, in the public sector workforce.
- The Depute Lord Provost was in attendance for the United Nations Board of Significant Inspiration (UNBOSI) successful marble world-record attempt in the City Square, with many interested locals watching on as part of the city’s Dundee Summer (Bash Streets) Festival;
- It was announced that the city will host the first-ever Street Soccer Nations Cup in City Square from the 9th to 11th September later this year;
- I got to congratulate Chris and Betty Barry of the city in person for their Platinum Wedding anniversary after they celebrated their 70 years of marriage together.
Thank you for taking the time to read this Post and I hope to update you further on my civic responsibilities in the future through my August blog.
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