Schools in East Ayrshire will be closed for an extra day next week following the death of the Queen.

The UK Government has announced an additional one-off Bank Holiday on the day of Her Majesty’s state funeral - Monday, September 19. 

But because the day of the funeral is also the second day of Ayrshire's September public holiday, East Ayrshire Council has confirmed that schools, council offices and education establishments will also be closed on Tuesday, September 20.

The council says that normal service provision will be maintained by our emergency/ standby services  and essential services such as waste service, children’s houses, care at home, community alarms and homeless hostels.

Council offices and schools will reopen on Wednesday, September 21. 

An East Ayrshire Council representative said: "We understand that any closure of council services at short notice including our education services can be inconvenient for our communities, but we have considered that keeping the extra day close to the funeral date will both mark this event appropriately and cause least disruption to services."