WEATHER HITS SCOTTISH RURAL PARLIAMENT PROGRAMME BUT THERE’S STILL “A GREAT BUZZ”
The challenges of living and working in rural and island areas were experienced today by delegates to the first Scottish Rural Parliament as a planned trip to the Isle of Lismore was cancelled at the last moment because of weather conditions. But others visits, including one to Mull, went ahead as planned and there was also and extensive programme of fringe events on topics such as land reform, health care and young people in rural communities.
The official opening of the event is on Thursday evening, bur already hundreds of delegates from all over rural Scotland have arrived and are getting involved in visits, seminars and exhibitions.
Maggie Gordon from Dumfries & Galloway, a Director of the Scottish Rural Parliament organisation, said:
“It was a terrible shame that we had to cancel the visit to Lismore, as we know that there was a very warm welcome waiting for our delegates on the island. Unfortunately, we couldn’t guarantee the return journey, so we had to pull the plug at the last moment, which was a real disappointment on both sides.
“Apart from that, though, there is a great buzz about the event as people arrive from all over rural Scotland. These are not just the ‘usual suspects’ who spend half their lives attending conferences. They are the unsung heroes of rural Scotland who are working to do the best for their communities and who are excited and optimistic about what the Scottish Rural Parliament can do to help them with their work and celebrate their achievements. Everyone is having a great time catching up with old friends and attending fringe events and visits – and the main event hasn’t even started yet!”
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