Richard Lochhead

Moray SNP News



Richard Lochhead MSP unveiled his nomination for Moray’s local hero to attend the official opening of the Scottish Parliament on Saturday 2 July.  Mr Lochhead invited members of the public to send him their suggestions of people who have gone the extra mile for a cause of for their community.

On Friday, Moray’s MSP revealed that Sam Simpson had been selected as Moray’s local hero having been nominated for helping to raise over £100,000 for charities following her daughter Isla’s cancer diagnosis.  Sam, from Newmill near Keith, who is a teacher at Buckie High School and Newmill Primary raised money for charities including Logan’s Fund based in Lossiemouth.          

Sam will attend the official opening of the Parliament and the day will include:

  • Her Majesty The Queen addressing MSPs in the Chamber.
  • Local Heroes taking part in the ‘Riding’ procession down Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, along with around 2,000 other participants in a colourful, historic tradition. The Riding will feature people from all walks of public life and local community groups, plus music and entertainment.
  • Holyrood’s ‘Big Day Out’ – a fun packed afternoon for all the family. With a programme that has something for everyone, the gardens and doors of the Parliament will be open to all to explore, observe and participate in a full programme of events including a mini-Highland games, Music and Dance, Science and Nature, Art activities for Kids and much more.

Commenting, Richard Lochhead MSP said:

“As the fifth session of the Scottish Parliament gets underway, it’s right that the people of Scotland are placed at the heart of our events and to recognise the local heroes in every constituency.

“After I issued the public appeal for nominations, I was inundated with incredible stories about people who have contributed so much to life in Moray.

“But I was struck by the nomination for Mrs Simpson, who is clearly a special lady and who has done a great deal for charity following the illness of her own daughter Isla.  Her personal qualities certainly sum up the best of Moray.”