BB boys at opening of Scottish Parliament

Members of the BB who met First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at the opening of Parliament.
Members of the BB who met First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at the opening of Parliament.

Members of a Boys’ Brigade company from Motherwell took part in the opening of the fifth session of the Scottish Parliament on Saturday.

Representatives of 2nd /4th Motherwell joined forces with 223rd and 208th Glasgow, and 1st Kilbarchan as 35 boys participated in the 21st century version of the colour “Riding” which originated in the 17th century.

All 129 MSPs also nominated one of their constituents in recognition of the important work they do to help others in the community, and were invited to attend as part of the procession.

The day commenced with the Crown of Scotland proceeding from Edinburgh Castle to Parliament.

Joining Scotland’s ‘Local Heroes’, the Boys’ Brigade members then walked beside musicians, dancers, singers and other charity groups to make up part of the 2,000 strong “Riding” procession down the capital’s Royal Mile, to mark the tradition.

The Queen then addressed the chamber of invited guests, which included the newly elected members of the Scottish Parliament, as she declared the fifth session officially opened.

Bill Stevenson, Director of Scotland for the Boys’ Brigade, said: “We were honoured to be part of the opening of the fifth session of the Scottish Parliament and to be recognised on such a historic day.

“It was a day to remember which helped bring together thousands of people across Scotland, and celebrate what we as a country have to offer.

“Overall, the day was a huge success, and I am immensely proud of the central role BB young people played.

“The Boys’ Brigade continues to play a pivotal role in shaping young lives and make a difference to communities across Scotland.”

The Scottish Parliament was open to the public following the procession where guests enjoyed entertainment, games and interactive sessions.

3D printing, the art of bee keeping and cyber safety drop-in sessions were also available, highlighting the innovation found throughout Scotland.