BB Scottish Parliament
5th Jul 2016 by Bill
BB Scotland Joins The Queen to Open Fifth Session of Scottish Parliament
Members of The Boys' Brigade have been making history as they took part in the opening of the Fifth Session of the Scottish Parliament on Saturday, 2 July. Members from 223rd and 208th Glasgow, 2nd /4th Motherwell and 1st Kilbarchan Companies participated in the 21st century version of the colourful "Riding of Parliament" ceremony 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 including newly elected members of Scottish Parliament, officially opening the Fifth Session.
The Scottish Parliament was open to the public following the procession where guests enjoyed entertainment, games and interactive sessions.