From today, 30th May 2016, all 129 MSPs at Holyrood 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 2nd July, 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’s SNP constituency MSP, Michael Russell, has now started his search for Argyll and Bute’s ‘Unsung Hero’ and is asking constituents to 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.
The deadline for submission of your nomination is 10th of June for their chance to be Argyll and Bute’s Local Hero.
Michael Russell MSP says: ‘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.’
‘Local Heroes’ took part in the opening ceremonies of the Scottish Parliament in 2007 and 2011. Amongst 2011’s Local Heroes were people who had:
- raised funds and collected vital home comforts for troops in Afghanistan;
- run a nightly soup kitchen and offered free meals to homeless people; and
- volunteered selflessly at a local hospice.
Argyll and Bute’s Local Hero in 2011 was Somerset Charrington from Ulva Ferry in Mull, who had cycled round all the schools threatened with closure by Argyll and Bute Council – as a one-man lassoo physically bringing together a very specific community need of mutual support and common action.
The Argyll-wide campaign, of which this epic cycle ride was a part, was successful – across two consecutive phases of ill-founded predation on rural primary schools [led energetically by then Education Director and now the new CEO of Argyll and Bute Council, Cleland Sneddon] – in saving every single school across mainland and islands then threatened with closure.