100 Girlguiding Scotland members help to open Parliament

One hundred Girlguiding Scotland members joined with thousands of young people from across Scotland to help officially open the fifth Session of the Scottish Parliament.

Brownies, Guides and Senior Section members, along with adult volunteers, braved the rain to parade down the Royal Mile to Holyrood on Saturday as part of the historic ‘Riding’ procession.

The girls waved First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and MSP’s, as they paraded down the Royal Mile before enjoying a lunch at Holyrood.

Maisie,10, of the 101st Edinburgh Brownies, tells us what she enjoyed the event:

“It was really exciting to be part of such a big event and show everyone watching fun and exciting things Brownies get to do.”

Rosalie, 10, of the 72nd Edinburgh Guides, added:

“This is the first time I’ve ever been in a parade and I’m really proud to represent Girlguiding Scotland at the opening of Parliament.”

Zoe, 18, from Stenhouse Senior Section, added:

“Being part of Girlguiding Scotland has taught us that it is really important to use our voice and speak up on the issues that matter for us.

“For many of us in the Senior Section the most recent Scottish Parliament election was our first chance to vote so we organised sessions to learn more about the different political parties and their policies.

“We were really excited to represent Girlguiding Scotland at the official opening of parliament and to show that girls and young women’s voices matter.”

101st City of Edinburgh Brownies ahead of the Riding to the Parliament