Local hero at Parliament

1 July 2011..Graeme Dey MSP pictured with his local hero Fiona Walsh who was invited to the Royal Opening of the Fourth Session of the Scottish Parliament which took place today Friday 1 July 2011. Pic - Scottish Parliament
1 July 2011..Graeme Dey MSP pictured with his local hero Fiona Walsh who was invited to the Royal Opening of the Fourth Session of the Scottish Parliament which took place today Friday 1 July 2011. Pic - Scottish Parliament

ARBROATH’S local hero joined MSPs last week at the ceremonial Royal re-opening of the Scottish Parliament.

Fiona Walsh was welcomed by Angus South MSP Graeme Dey, who nominated her as a local hero, when Queen Elizabeth officially re-opened Holyrood.

Fiona works at the Volunteer Centre in Guthrie Port where she dedicates much of her time to visiting schools and youth organisations to talk to young people about the dangers of drug abuse, and the harm it can cause to users and their families.

She said: “I am privileged to be able to say I was part of the event and representing Angus was indeed an honour.

“It was also inspirational to meet so many people from across Scotland who in their own way have made a difference to their communities.

“I met a lot of amazing people and it is something I will remember for a long time to come”

Mr Dey commented: “The formal opening of Parliament was a memorable day for everyone who was involved and I know how much Fiona enjoyed the occasion.

“It was great to see all the local heroes from across Scotland taking part in the celebrations and the Riding of the Royal Mile.

“It was clear that everyone was in good spirits, and I am sure those who attended will remember the day for a long time to come.”

As part of the ceremony Fiona joined around 1,000 schoolchildren, other community heroes and Sir Sean Connery ‘Riding the Royal Mile’.

The traditional procession dates back to 1639 and the original Scottish Parliament Hall, and was only recently revived.