St Ninian’s Day Parade – Papal Visit

Thank you to all players, marshals and flag distributors who took part in the St Ninian’s Day Parade and helped welcome Pope Benedict XVI to Scotland.

The First Minister Alex Salmond, wrote: “The Combination of pipers, drummers, historical characters and school children from St Ninian schools across Scotland – against the historic backdrop of Edinburgh Castle – was a spectacular success and created a stunning visual backdrop to the visit. .”

I very much enjoyed meeting some of the participants before the parade began and was struck by the excitement and enthusiasm of all involved. Thank you again for your contribution to the success of the day.”

His Eminence, Cardinal O’Brien wrote: “I write to thank all those who helped you during what was a wonderful event. Scotland showed its ‘best face’ quite literally to the whole world, as I learned, following on our ‘Scottish St Ninian’s Day’ when I was with the Papal entourage in England and then at a meeting of European Bishops in Zagreb in Croatia!

I hope and pray that the visit will have a lasting effect on us all in Scotland, as well on the peoples of England and Wales, and indeed Ireland, granted that the visit, and the words and actions of the Pope, were so widely broadcast.

I renew my sincere thanks to all those involved in the St Ninian’s Parade.

St Ninian's Day - Pope Benedict XVI

St Ninian's Day - Pope Benedict XVI

First Minister, Alex Salmond greets school St Ninian School children

First Minister, Alex Salmond greets school St Ninian School children

First Minister, Alex Salmond meets Robert Burns

First Minister, Alex Salmond meets Robert Burns

For the full photo gallery please visit Flickr

Travel Expenses – Pipe Band Buses: all claims have been submitted together to the grant aid body and bands should expect payment by the end of November.



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