SCOTLAND’S first ever statue of famous India civil rights campaigner Mahatma Gandhi has been unveiled in Ayr to mark 150 years since his birth.

The rare bronze statue is a gift from the Indian Government and is one of only ten in the world.

Standing at 6ft 4ins tall the statue was unveiled at Ayr Town Hall on Saturday, September 14.

A celebration event then followed which featured performances from the Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra, Dundonald Primary School Gaelic Choir and Indian dancers.

South Ayrshire Provost, Helen Moonie said: “I am truly honoured that South Ayrshire has become home to the first Gandhi statue in Scotland, it’s a fantastic work of art and underlines the growing bonds between Scotland and India.”

“The statue is dedicated to peace, and this is something we are always keen to promote across South Ayrshire. We are part of the Mayors for Peace Organisation and take part in initiatives and events dedicated to peace and harmony.

“I hope people are inspired by the statue and remember what Gandhi stood for.”