MSPs asked to nominate their local heroes

13/05/2011

A nationwide search for local heroes from across Scotland is launched today by all 129 Members of the Scottish Parliament.

MSPs nominate a local hero from their constituency or region in recognition of the important contribution they have made to the lives of other people living in Scotland either locally or nationally. They can be people who inspire others or people who work largely without recognition.

The local heroes will participate in the ‘riding’ of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, which forms part of the day’s activities on Friday 1 July to mark the opening of the fourth session of the Scottish Parliament.

The riding will be themed to reflect the sentiments of the Parliament’s Mace: Wisdom, Justice, Compassion and Integrity - representing the aspirations of the Scottish people for the Members of their Parliament.

As part of the riding, the local heroes will walk alongside 1,500 other prominent Scots, schoolchildren, parliamentarians, religious leaders and other guests from public life.

Background

The fourth session of the Scottish Parliament will be marked on Friday 1 July. In the Chamber, Her Majesty The Queen will address newly elected Members of the Parliament and guests. Following the departure of The Queen, the riding will take place, marking the centuries-old Scots tradition of parliament.

All Members of the Scottish Parliament are inviting local heroes from their area to come to Holyrood to take part in the riding, ensuring it reflects Scotland’s achievements and aspirations.

In the afternoon, the Scottish Parliament will open its doors to guests and members of the public with an Open Day, free tours and musical performances to showcase young Scottish talent.

In 2007, the local heroes included asylum lawyer Neil Barnes; founder of the asthma charity Asirus, Maria Murray; the Chair of Greenock Arts Guild Theatre, John Philips and charity supporter Donnie Mackay.

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