Deadline approaches for local heroes nominations

NOMINATIONS are needed for ‘local heroes’ to take part in the riding procession to the Scottish Parliament in the Royal Mile on Friday, July 1, alongside MSPs, schoolchildren, religious leaders and prominent Scots.

Before the centuries-old tradition occurs, the parliament’s fourth session will be marked by Her Majesty The Queen addressing newly-elected MSPs.

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.

All MSPs 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.

These are people who’ve made an important contribution - perhaps largely unrecognised thus far - to the lives of others in Scotland either locally or nationally; for example long service given to a school or community project.

Nominations need to be posted or emailed to Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald, Linlithgow MSP Fiona Hyslop or Edinburgh Western MSP Colin Keir by Tuesday, May 31.

Angus, left, said: “It will be an exciting day for everybody involved in the procession and the ceremony and I am very much looking forward to it.

“It is a great opportunity for someone who has worked tirelessly on behalf of others in the community to get the recognition they deserve. I look forward to receiving these nominations.”