Happy and sad events in Moray noted at the Scottish Parliament

Piping at Forres - congratulations in Parliament.
Piping at Forres – congratulations in Parliament.

MORAY WAS WELL represented at Holyrood this week with two motions lodged at the Scottish Parliament marking both happy and sad events in the region.

Labour MSP Rhoda Grant was quick off the mark in noting the efforts of Forres Events Ltd in their continuing success at organising the European Pipe Band Championships under the banner ‘Piping at Forres’.

Mrs Grant said: “What this group have done for the economy of Moray has to be acknowledged and recognised.

“Having previously organised similar events before, I hope this year will just be more of the same. This event is a great opportunity for local people to showcase their skills worldwide and I had no hesitation in lodging a motion in support of Forres Events Ltd and their organisation of this particular event.”

Meanwhile her Scottish Labour colleague David Stewart MSP paid tribute to Forres man Frank Whyte, who sadly lost his life doing what he loved best, sailing on Findhorn Bay.

Mr Stewart said: “I understand from constituents in Moray that I have spoken to that Frank was held in very high regard within the community and was known as a brilliant seaman, tutor and boat builder, with a great eye for detail.

“It is a tragedy that he lost his life doing what he likes best, but I am hoping that the regard in which he was held will be of some comfort to his family and friends and having heard and read some of those testimonials to this gentleman, I felt motivated to recognise his efforts and endeavours within the Scottish Parliament.”