Members trooped in to a familiar, rousing refrain from the school band, which probably slipped over the heads of most, amid the coffee and scones. But for a council riven by political chasm between Labour and the SNP, there was only one possible signature tune - the Muppet Show.
Another telly show got in on the act, Brookside. The Channel 4 soap is straying further into reality with key characters confessing to reading difficulties. West Lothian, often a colourful soap itself, is responding by setting up three "Brookie Centres" to handle the expected flood of adults.
SNP lag Eddie Malcolm spied a flaw. "With so many schools and colleges built on hills, should it not be Take the High Road?"