Rural Parliament underway in Brechin

Brechin Community Campus

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The Scottish Rural Parliament officially got underway in Brechin today (Thursday), with an opening ceremony earlier this afternoon in the Brechin Community Campus.

Starting at 1pm, the ceremony included a keynote address from Fergus Ewing MSP, who is the Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity. Depute Provost for Angus Alex King also spoke at the event.

Prior to the opening ceremony, a number of visits to local projects took place - including a guided walk through historic Carmyllie, a high-tech magical walk through Dragon Matrix and a tour of Denfind Stone; a tour of the Murton Trust and a visit to Aberlemno for a museum tour and visit to the Pictish Aberlemno stones.

Following on from the opening ceremony, a number of workshops were held in the afternoon, relating to key themes from the Manifesto for rural Scotland, including: Arts & culture; Business; Digital connectivity; Democracy & governance; Environment; Food; Land; Transport.

Tomorrow (Friday) there will be an open space workshop starting from 9.15am, followed by further workshops at 1.30pm.

At 4.30pm the closing ceremony will take place, and a dinner and a dance will be held in the evening.

On Saturday, Angus North and Mearns MSP and local councillor Mairi Evans will take part in a Brexit Panel discussion and debate chaired by Ruth Wishart. Also featuring on the panel will be Lewis Macdonald MSP, NFUS representative Gerald Banks and Peter Chapman MSP.

Further details on the programme of events for the three-day rural parliament can be found on their website