Every MSP was invited to bring a “local hero” with them to the opening of the Scottish parliament. Labour’s Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie invited Bo’ness man Mike Munro to be her guest.
“Mike is a widely respected member of the community,” said Cathy. “He is a former BP worker and union representative, and is now an elder of St Andrews Parish Church. He has been a trained Youth and Community Worker for 30 years, working in Linlithgow and Bo’ness, and is currently a volunteer helper working with teenagers, the Tuesday Dementia Club, and driving the church minibus on Sundays. He started a Cycling Club and participated in the Millennium Cycle Challenge round the four Cathedrals.
“His commitment has also involved him in international initiatives. He has led a work party on two occasions to Peru and raised thousands of pounds for the Vine Trust, and this summer, he will be part of a group of 12 people visiting India on a fact finding mission to help raise awareness of the plight of women and children in abusive situations.
“I was delighted that he was able to accompany me to the opening of the Scottish Parliament.”