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Hepburn welcomes Burke to Scottish Parliament

Written by Scott Campbell.
 
 
 
 
 
Published at 00:00 GMT on Monday, July 4th, 2011.

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ON JULY 1st over 1'500 people from all over Scotland descended on the Scottish Parliament for the Riding of the Scottish Parliament.
 
The celebrations, which are attended by the Queen, are to mark the official opening of the Scottish Parliament's fourth session, with public tours and marches taking place.
 
Each time the Riding takes place MSP's get to nominate a local resident, in their area, to be their "Local Hero," meaning that they get to join in the celebrations, as a guest of honour. This year, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth MSP, Jamie Hepburn nominated Condorrat's John Burke to be his "Local Hero."

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John Burke joined 1'000s of other Scots in the traditional ‘Riding’ procession down Edinburgh's famous Royal Mile. Over 1500 people from across Scotland turned out to be part of the occasion, which was followed by an address, to the Parliament by Her Majesty, the Queen.

Commenting, after the event, Jamie Hepburn MSP told us: “I’m delighted John was able to take part in the events marking the start of the fourth session of Parliament. The wonderful summer weather helped add to the sense of occasion.  Everyone enjoyed themselves and the day’s activities reflected many different aspects of life in modern Scotland.

“The Scottish Parliament is open to the public throughout the summer months, and I’m always happy to help people from Cumbernauld and Kilsyth make arrangements for a tour.”

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