Local heroes invited to take seats in Parliament

Local Heroes will be invited to Holyrood for the opening of the Parliament.
Local Heroes will be invited to Holyrood for the opening of the Parliament.

A Scotland-wide search has been launched by MSPs to find their own unsung Local Heroes who make a positive difference to the lives of others.

All 129 MSPs are being asked to nominate one of their constituents in recognition of the important work they do to help others or their community.

And on Saturday, July 2, all Local Heroes will be invited to Holyrood for the Scottish Parliament’s Opening Ceremony to mark the start of a new parliamentary session.

The day will include an address to the Parliament by Her Majesty The Queen; taking part in the historic ‘Riding’ procession down Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, along with around 2,000 other participants; and Holyrood’s ‘Big Day Out’, a fun-packed afternoon for all the family.

The gardens and doors of the Parliament will also 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 and children’s art activities.

Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh MSP said: “Many people give their time and energy to make a positive difference to the lives of others. We want to celebrate the achievements of Local Heroes from every constituency and region in Scotland, and bring them to Holyrood.

“As the new session of the Scottish Parliament gets under way, it’s right that the people of Scotland are placed at the heart of our events.