The search is on across Scotland for local heroes who make a positive difference to the lives of others.
From today, 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.
On Saturday, July 2, all local heroes will be invited to Holyrood as part of the Scottish Parliament’s opening ceremony to mark the start of a new parliamentary session.
The day’s events 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.
Argyll and Bute MSP Michael Russell has started his search for Argyll and Bute’s ‘Unsung Hero’, and is asking that constituents contact his office to nominate their local heroes. This can be done by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with details of your nominee and why you believe they are a local hero. Submit your nomination by June 10 for their chance to be Argyll and Bute’s Local Hero at the #SPBigDayOut.
Commenting on this Michael Russell MSP said: “It is great that the parliament will celebrate the huge contribution of individuals to their communities in this way and I am very keen that Argyll and Bute joins in. It would be impossible to reflect all the community work that is done here so whoever is chosen, whatever they do and wherever they come from they will inevitably also be representing the many local heroes from right across Argyll and Bute.”