RESIDENTS at Harlawhill Day Centre were flying the flag for visitors from Zambia as they talked about healthcare in Scotland.

The centre received a visit from the country’s social welfare minister Emerine Kabanshi and Julien Mwape, director general of Zambia Agency for People with Disabilities (ZAPD), who are in Scotland to see firsthand a range of health and social care facilities.

And they were keen to talk about care for older people as they joined clients and staff at the centre for afternoon tea.

The ministerial cars were met by day centre clients waving flags as they welcomed the visitors. Preston Lodge High School piper Josh Pollard and drummer Hannah Yorkston made sure they had a musical welcome when they arrived.

Fiona Mitchell, centre manager, said they were delighted to host the Zambian party.

She said: “They arrived in their ministerial cars to all of our clients waving Zambian flags.

“Then they where piped inside to have an afternoon tea and discussions about how Scotland delivers health and social care and the challenges we face.

“This was part of a short visit to the United Kingdom where they also had visits to Street Soccer Scotland and a variety of visits to other health and social care establishments.”