Local heroes named by Presiding Officer for Holyrood’s opening ceremony


A volunteer at a community transport charity has been named by the Scottish Parliament’s Presiding Officer as his ‘Local Hero’ who will attend Saturday’s opening ceremony of the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood.

Anne Marie Kennedy, who has been a leading volunteer across East Renfrewshire for more than 20 years, has been chosen by Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh in recognition of her work across her local community. She will be joined by Local Heroes nominated by MSPs from right across Scotland in recognition of their important personal contribution to the lives others.

Mrs Kennedy has been a leading volunteer across East Renfrewshire for more than 20 years. She runs Community Transport East Renfrewshire (known locally as the Wee Red Bus) which helps transport older people to access health services in their area.

Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh MSP said:

“I know of so many people across East Renfrewshire who have reason to be thankful for the “Wee Red Bus” run by Anne Marie Kennedy and her volunteer drivers.  The service is there for anyone struggling to make an appointment with their GP, hospital or clinic and all on a voluntary basis.  Anne Marie Kennedy is at the heart of her local community and deserves to be right at the heart of Holyrood’s opening ceremony celebrations.  I look forward to welcoming her to Parliament along with all 128 of our local heroes.”

The Local Heroes will take their place in the historic Riding procession along Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, as it makes its way towards Holyrood and the opening of the new parliamentary session.  Her Majesty The Queen will address MSPs in the Parliament’s Debating Chamber.

Details of all Local Heroes are being published on the Parliament’s website in the run up to Saturday:


Background information

Saturday 2 July’s opening ceremony of the fifth session of the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood will include:

  • Her Majesty The Queen addressing MSPs in the Chamber. 
  • Local Heroes taking part in the Riding procession down Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, along with around 2,000 other participants in a colourful, historic tradition. The Riding will feature people from all walks of public life and local community groups, plus music and entertainment.
  • Holyrood’s Big Day Out – a fun packed afternoon for all the family. With a programme that has something for everyone, the gardens and doors of the Parliament will be open to all to explore, observe and participate in a full programme of events including a mini-Highland games, Music and Dance, Science and Nature, Art activities for Kids and much more. 

Free events for all the family at the Big Day Out:



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