As Civic Head, Provost Tom Kerr chairs the full council meeting and represents the people of West Lothian at official events.
When on official duty the Provost wears a chain of office. The chain was created in 1974 for West Lothian District Council. In 1999 following the formation of West Lothian Council a gold medalion was added to the chain.
The Provost represents the people of West Lothian at various events throughout the year.
As Civic Head Provost Tom Kerr, chairs full council meetings and represents the people of West Lothian by hosting and attending a range of events which both recognise and honour achievement and endeavour.
- 100th birthdays and diamond wedding anniversaries,
- visiting delegations from around the UK and overseas,
- council staff at 25 years plus retirals,
- sporting achievements,
- Citizenship Ceremonies, and
- Children's Panel Members.
The Provost is always keen to hear of any outstanding achievements. If you feel that you would like to suggest someone, or a team, who has made a significant contribution to society or demonstrated an outstanding achievement let us know. Please write to: The Provost, West Lothian Council, West Lothian Civic Centre, Howden South Road, Livingston, West Lothian, EH54 6FF.
Frequently Asked Questions
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No, the telegram from the Queen can be, and usually is, a surprise. Liaison with a family member over the detailed arrangements is all that is required.
The designated birthday messages from the Queen can happen automatically in which case the Scottish Executive will contact the Council and efforts will be made to contact family members to make appropriate arrangements. Sometimes, a birthday can be missed, however, so it is best to contact the Provost's office direct. Messages for special wedding anniversaries never happen automatically. A family member must make a request for Diamond, 65th and 70th wedding anniversaries and annually thereafter.
Messages from the Queen can be requested to mark 100th birthdays, 105th birthdays and annually thereafter; Diamond Wedding Anniversaries, 65th and 70th anniversaries and annually thereafter. Messages are not available for Golden Weddings. Proof of the anniversary will be required. A photocopy of the Marriage Certificate or sight of the original is normally required, or in the case of a birthday, a birth certificate might be necessary depending on circumstances.
It is best to write to the Senior Secretary/Administrator in the Provost's office giving details of the event or accomplishment for which hospitality is being requested with proposed date(s), numbers, times and so on. You should give as much information as you can at this stage. Your application will then be considered and we will let you know the decision in due course.
To get a message from the Queen to commemorate a special anniversary, you can contact Buckingham Palace direct but the Council will be contacted eventually anyway so it is best to save time by contacting the Council yourself.
It would be for the Council to decide whether hospitality will be provided and, if so, in what form. This would vary according to the nature of the event, the number of participants, the venue and so on. Examples might range from light refreshments (tea/coffee/biscuits), a reception or a simple presentation. Other forms of hospitality can be considered.
The Council will sometimes provide hospitality in the form of a reception, or light refreshments or a simple presentation to mark special events or achievements. Examples of this might include, a reception for attendees at a major conference being held in Angus or to mark a special achievement by a group or organisation in the area; or perhaps in recognition of a special honour that has been conferred on a person or business or local charity and so on.
Hospitality takes time to plan and organise. Applications should be made as far in advance of the dates concerned as possible. It would not usually be possible to consider applications for events less than six weeks ahead.
The Lord Lieutenant locally will be informed as he or she is the Queen's representative who will deliver the message along with a representative from Royal Mail. It is also customary to inform the local MP, MSP and local Councillor as well as the Provost. The Provost will normally also attend or be suitably represented. You do not need to contact any of these people yourself - they will be informed and invited on your behalf.
Normally the Provost or another Councillor would host the event and guests representing the council would also be invited in addition to your own guests.