Land Below The Waves Meets Scottish Parliament
The Tiree community has been given a once-in-a generation opportunity to meet Scottish politicians at an event in March.
The organisers hope the event will celebrate the island, kick-starting a stronger relationship between Tiree and policymakers. And everyone’s invited!
The idea was the brainchild of Ian Gillies after a 2018 visit to the island from Leslie Evans, Scotland’s top civil servant. Receptions like this are a regular feature at the Holyrood home of the Scottish Parliament.
The idea is to take all the energy, all the good ideas spilling out of Tiree, and take them into the heart of government to showcase the island as it stands today. Side-by side with a celebration of all things Tiree will be a series of face-to-face talks with ministers, MSPs and top civil servants about the problems we are facing: our need for skilled jobs and affordable housing, the increasingly urgent problem of how to replace Tilley, even the threats to our land from a changing climate. Plenty to talk about!
The reception, hosted by our MSP Michael Russell, takes place from 6 to 8 pm on Wednesday 18 March in the Garden Lobby of the Scottish Parliament. The evening will feature music by the prize-winning Còisir Bun-Sgoil Thiriodh, some tunes from Tiree musicians, a refreshment from Tyree Gin, and three new short films made by Jack Lockhart.
Funding for the evening has come from the Tiree Trust, whose directors see this as a chance for Tiree to make a real impression where it matters, as well as the Tiree Association. Invitations will be going out this week to many active members of the Tiree community, on the island and beyond. But there is an open invitation for anyone with a connection to Tiree to come along. Numbers are limited to around 180, so please let us know if you would like to come by replying to firstname.lastname@example.org o.uk or by dropping a note to Tiree Community Council at the Crossapol Business Centre.
An extra flight to Glasgow has been set up to cope with the numbers travelling. Since we are not sure whether the linkspan will be operational by then, a special bus service from Oban has also been arranged to take islanders to parliament for the day.
Do join us in this celebration of an island!
Tiree Community Council