MONTROSIAN Robina Addison was last week named a local hero and honoured with a place at the opening of the Scottish Parliament.
After the official opening by Her Majesty The Queen, Mrs Addison joined more than 1,500 parliamentarians, religious leaders and other prominent Scots in the traditional Riding of the Parliament along Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.
All MSPs were asked to nominate local heroes from their areas to take part in the procession and Mrs Addison, principal of the Gordon School of Dancing and chairwoman of Montrose Highland Games and Montrose Twinning Association, attended at the invitation of SNP MSP Nigel Don.
A native Montrosian, Mrs Addison has spent a lifetime working for charity locally and regularly takes her pupils abroad to perform and share the Scottish culture. She is a Deputy Lieutenant of Angus and was awarded the MBE in 1996. She and her husband Derek are also currently fostering Kade Romain, from Trinidad, whom they brought to Scotland to undergo extensive medical treatment.
After the opening, Mrs Addison said that the invitation had come as a surprise but she had been delighted to accept.
She said: “The whole day was a celebration of all that’s best in Scotland and represented all facets of its culture. It will go down as a day to remember.”
Mr Don and his wife, Wendy, met Mr and Mrs Addison in Edinburgh show them round the Scottish Parliament.
Mr Don said: “Robina is a stalwart of her local community. She is also well known and respected across the world. When I learned of all her charitable work locally and the international trips with her dancers I knew I had found a truly worthy representative of my new constituency.
“I was pleased on behalf of the local community to acknowledge Robina’s decades of service to her community.”