The Scottish Parliament has today launched a search for all the babies who were born on 1 July 1999, the same day that the Scottish Parliament was established.
To help find the young people, the Parliament has today released a picture of the 1 July babies taken at Holyrood on their 10th birthday in 2009.
The Parliament wants the young people who share its birthday to come forward, so they can be invited to be a part of the 20-year anniversary celebrations. This will include an invitation to the events planned for Saturday 29 June, when the Parliament will open its doors to the people of Scotland.
The Presiding Officer, the Rt Hon Ken Macintosh MSP said:
“The 1 July babies were at the heart of our 10th anniversary back in 2009 when more than 140 children from across Scotland and beyond joined us to celebrate. We hope to encourage all those young people to be part of this 20th anniversary milestone too.
“By releasing this photograph, we hope to jog the memory of friends or family of the young people involved, or indeed of the young people themselves. If you are one of our 1 July babies and want to celebrate with us, then please get in touch.
“These young people have quite literally grown up with the Scottish Parliament so we’re very keen to hear from them.”
If you are one of the children born in 1999 please make contact with us at the following email address firstname.lastname@example.org
On Thursday 1 July 1999, on the same day the Parliament was assumed its legal powers, 163 children were born in Scotland. Every child was presented with a commemorative medal from the first First Minister Donald Dewar. Back in 2009 Parliamentary officials managed to locate 145 children, 142 of whom travelled from across Scotland, the UK, Canada, the USA and even the Faroe Islands to attend the celebrations on 1 July 2009.