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When you're a politician it's easy to organise a free booze-up. Think of a ridiculous anniversary and order the beers:
The First Minister Jack McConnell today joined the councils of Orkney, Shetland and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar in celebrations to mark their 30th anniversary.Your taxes funding a jolly for the politicians. Still, look on the bright side, it's mostly paid for by the English.
The celebrations include a Gala Dinner, a parade, a service of Thanksgiving in St Magnus Cathedral, and a symposium of lectures on the current and future state of local government.
The Thanksgiving Service at St Magnus Cathedral on Sunday afternoon is open to the public and will be proceeded by a procession of representatives from the three councils and the First Minister, led by Lord Lieutenants of the three island areas.
The representatives will be met at the Cathedral by a guard of honour provided by Orkney Sea Cadets. The Kirkwall City Pipe Band and the Stromness Royal British Legion Pipe Band will be in attendance.