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Condorrat's John Burke to be in Royal Mile Riding

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 00:00 GMT on Saturday, June 25th, 2011.

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CONDORRAT community activist, John Burke, was yesterday nominated by Cumbernauld and Kilsyth MSP, Jamie Hepburn to take part in the prestigious Royal Mile "Riding."
MSPs' from all over Scotland nominated a local hero, from their community to take part in the "Riding," which is a centuries old tradition, associated with the Scottish parliament.
The "Riding" will be a day of activities, including a visit by the Queen to the Holyrood building, an open afternoon, musical performances by Scottish talent, all to mark the opening of the fourth session of the Parliament, on July 1st.
Commenting on his nomination, John said: “I’m really looking forward to the day and was very happy to accept the nomination from Jamie.”
Mr Burke, who is a well- known resident of Condorrat is a powerful community activist and his influence helped build the Condorrat Memorial Wall, which was unveiled two weeks ago.

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Jamie added to John's comments by saying: “I’m delighted that John Burke has agreed to take part in the Scottish Parliament riding as a local hero from Cumbernauld and Kilsyth.  John’s well known for his years of dedicated service championing issues affecting his home village of Condorrat and beyond.  Most recently, he played an important role in establishing the village’s Memorial War to those who gave their lives for others.
“Although the Scottish Parliament has been working at full speed since the election in May, next Friday will be an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on how our Parliament should represent and work in the interests of people from all walks of life and all different parts of Scotland.
“Of course there are thousands of local heroes in Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, and John will be representing all those who make a difference to our community.  All members of the public are invited to Edinburgh to watch the day’s events, and anyone who can’t make it but would still like to see the Parliament in action can contact my office and we’ll be happy to help.”

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