ENABLE member to Escort the Crown of Scotland at Holyrood’s Opening Ceremony
Members of ENABLE Scotland will join Holyrood’s Opening Ceremony, taking place on Saturday 2 October.
Three youth members, Lucy McKee, Adam Watson and Freyja Muir, have been chosen to represent the charity at the annual event.
Lucy, from Glasgow, is just one of six young people selected from across the country to take part in the Escort of the Crown of Scotland ceremony. The day formally marks the beginning of the sixth session of Parliament, with Her Majesty The Queen and the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP, addressing the Chamber.
Speaking ahead of the event Lucy said:
It is a great privilege to be able to represent young people who have a Learning Disability at the opening of The Scottish Parliament. As an experienced young campaigner, I am keen to show that young people really do care about the decisions that are made in Parliament which are going to affect their everyday lives.
Escort to the Crown of Scotland will begin with a procession down the Royal Mile from Edinburgh Castle to the Scottish Parliament. The Crown of Scotland borne by the Duke of Hamilton and Brandon – Hereditary Bearer of the Crown of Scotland – will process up the Canongate to Queensberry House and is escorted by the Royal Company of Archers, Lord Lyon King of Arms and six Officers of Arms.
Director of ENABLE Scotland Jan Savage added:
ENABLE Scotland’s 12,000 strong membership is a community of people who care about the human rights of people who have a learning disability. Together, we are all very proud that younger members of ENABLE Scotland have been recognised in this way for their tireless activism for others.
It is wonderful that they have been invited to be part of the opening session of a year in the Scottish Parliament where legislation to bring forward a National Care Service will be debated, and scoping work will begin on a new Learning Disability, Autism and Neurodiversity Bill – something which they successfully campaigned for only last year.
Lucy will join the procession of the Crown of Scotland alongside the Officers of Arms before re-joining Adam and Freyja and youth participants from other Scottish organisations inside Parliament. All will form a Guard of Honour for The Queen and the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay’s on their departure before enjoying a lunch reception hosted by the Presiding Officer, Alison Johnstone MSP.
Performances from musicians across Scotland will take place including the Royal Conservatoire Brass, Musicians in Exile, Michael Biggins, and The National Youth Choir of Scotland as well as newly appointed Scots Makar, Kathleen Jamie, who will be performing a specially commissioned piece.