AN East Ayrshire councillor dubbed the “Rock 'n’ roll provost" swapped his usual motorbike for a double decker-bus to promote a conference for Scotland's towns.

Attended by 200 delegates from across the country, Scotland’s Towns Conference 2022 was organised by Scotland’s Towns Partnership (STP) and East Ayrshire Council.

The event aims to highlight “ideas, innovations and actions” to ensure a more sustainable future for Scottish towns.

And in a bid to show off the sights, projects and developments that have helped transform Kilmarnock and the wider area, councillor Jim Todd took visitors on an open-top bus tour for the launch of the conference.

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Joined by Kilmarnock Football Club’s mascot Captain Conker, the bus tour stopped by St Marnock Square, Rugby Park and ended up at CentreStage.

Todd said they were delighted to “be rocking about town today” as hosts of the event.

He added: “Like so many other towns, Kilmarnock has been through its fair share of change and hardship over the last few years, but the one thing which has kept us all going is the strength we draw from our resilient people, who’ve pulled together to work in partnership and tackle all the challenges of a changing townscape.

“So today we’re keen to show off what we’ve achieved so far, but with an acknowledgement that there is much still to do. We hope by sharing our experience and listening to others we can all benefit from lessons learned and put our best feet forward as times get even tougher.”

The National: Councillor Jim Todd Councillor Jim Todd (Image: East Ayrshire Council)

East Ayrshire projects such as the transformation of the former Diageo site in Kilmarnock, the creation of CentreStage and other initiatives like the East Ayrshire Gift Card and ShopAppy have been credited as examples of what can be achieved through "collaboration and determination".