Shona Robison MSP to Open Broughty Ferry’s Gala Fete as part of the ‘Connecting MSPs with Scotland's Towns’ Initiative Local MSP embraces the opportunity to spend time in the heart of her community on its busiest, buzziest day.

The Broughty Ferry Traders Association is looking forward to hosting their local MSP for their most important day of the year.

Broughty Ferry’s Gala Day on Sunday 5 July signals the start of the seaside town’s long established and ever popular Gala Week, which runs until Sunday 12 July. For 2015 the day is also an opportunity for the award winning town to invite local MSP Shona Robison along as part of the Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on Towns and Town Centres ‘Connecting MSPs with Scotland's Towns' initiative which aims to help promote and support Scottish towns.

The campaign encourages MSPs to take a day out of recess this summer (27 June - 30 August) to spend time, work or undertake leisure activities in a Scottish town for the day.

MSPs are encouraged to share their experience with Scotlands Towns Partnership enabling STP to continue to promote all that is wonderful about Scotland's towns; whilst directing the right support to the right places.

Shona Robison MSP said:

“I’m looking forward to playing an official role at this year’s Gala Fete. It’s always been a fun day out for our family – but it represents so much more in a town like Broughty Ferry. It’s a rare and welcome chance for all members of the community to come together to celebrate the successes of our lively wee town and to raise funds for the various charities who benefit from the day. I’m delighted to support all the people who come together to make Broughty Ferry such a spirited place and will continue to make sure that their best interests are represented at the National level.”

Steve James, Chair of the Broughty Ferry Traders Association said:

“Gala Day is always a wonderful event for our community and it’s often forgotten, amongst all the fun and frivolity, that the day is run entirely by volunteers who spend literally months getting everything organised. Shona’s presence this year demonstrates that our work, and the work of all our town’s voluntary organisations, is just the tip of the iceberg – it’s this kind of activity that helps Broughty Ferry thrive all year round.”

Towns Cross Party Group Convener, Margaret McCulloch MSP, Shadow Minister for Towns said:

"Through the Cross Party Group for Towns and Town Centres we hear and discuss much of the regeneration activity taking place across the country. It is important for us as MSPs to have practical knowledge of town centre regeneration and the barriers and opportunities that face our towns. This opportunity allows us to further connect with and support our towns whilst igniting the conversation around how we can improve and develop our town centres.”

Source: Broughty Ferry Traders Association 


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