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Motions on Scots

This page collects parliamentary motions that relate directly to the Scots language.

S4M-01744 Aileen McLeod: Crossmichael Drama Club is Stagestruck—That the Parliament congratulates Crossmichael Drama Club, which has made it through to the final of the Sky Arts programme, Stagestruck, with its Scots version of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream; notes that Miriam Margolyes, Quentin Letts and Bill Kenwright were on the judging panel that selected the club, which celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2011 and is a regular feature on the amateur dramatic circuit, having previously won through to 30 divisional finals, 15 Scottish finals and one British final in the Scottish Community Drama Association Festivals; further notes that the club comprises less than a dozen members from around the Castle Douglas area, including two retired farmers, a fibreglass laminator and a hitch-hiking modern languages teacher; further congratulates the club on its use of the Scots language in an interpretation of such a well-established play, and wishes the club the best of success in the final and for their future on the amateur dramatic festival circuit.

S4M-01431 Kevin Stewart: Tribute to Steve Robertson—That the Parliament mourns the loss of Steve Robertson; recognises Scotland the What? for its services to the arts, the Doric language, the culture of the north east and for makin’ a’body laugh; notes that it received the accolade of being conferred the Freedom of the City of Aberdeen; applauds Mr Robertson for what it considers the sterling role that he performed as rector of the University of Aberdeen, and expresses condolences to Mr Robertson’s family and his huge band of friends.

S4M-01323 Dennis Robertson: Congratulations on Citty Finlayson Nomination for Shona Donaldson—That the Parliament congratulates Shona Donaldson from Tarland on having been nominated for the Citty Finlayson Scots Singer of the Year award in the 2011 Scots Traditional Music Awards; pays tribute to one of Scotland’s leading young tradition bearers, who grew up in Huntly surrounded by music and speaking Doric in the agricultural heartland of Aberdeenshire and who became a musician-in-residence with the Deveron Arts project in the heart of Scotland’s bothy ballad country; recognises Shona’s talents, and praises her efforts to push the cause of Scots song.