Elaine chosen as Local Hero

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Graeme Dey and Elaine Findlay from Kirriemuir Regeneration Scheme pictured looking at Kirriemuir War Memorial through the Camera Obscura. 

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20160617- Camera Obscura Graeme Dey and Elaine Findlay from Kirriemuir Regeneration Scheme pictured looking at Kirriemuir War Memorial through the Camera Obscura. � Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES No use without payment.

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A community-minded Kirriemuir woman has been chosen by her MSP to represent his constituency at the official opening of the Scottish Parliament next month.

Elaine Findlay was nominated by Angus South MSP Graeme Dey in recognition of the positive difference she has made to the lives of others.

She will attend the historic event on Saturday, July 2 in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen.

Elaine is a founding member and secretary of the Kirriemuir Regeneration Group, which took over the running of the camera obscura from the National Trust for Scotland last year.

She is also a member of the town’s community council and the Kirriemuir and Dean Area Partnership.

The honour recognises her dedication and support for a number of projects in the town, from running the camera obscura which was threatened with closure to the tidying up of The Den in the town centre.

In April 2015, the National Trust for Scotland decided it was to stop running the camera obscura; Elaine was one of six local people who formed the Kirriemuir Regeneration Group which re-opened the facility last June

Between then and October last year, they had 3300 visitors.

Group members are also running the public toilets on the hill beside the Camera Obscura and have taken on the Woodville Pub on Mondays to Wednesdays when the lounge is opened up free of charge for local groups to use.

Elaine is also a member of the town’s community council and the Kirriemuir and Dean Area Partnership.

All 129 MSPs were invited to nominate a constituent who makes a positive difference to the lives of others – often with little recognition - as their Local Hero.

They have been invited to Holyrood as part of the Scottish Parliament’s Opening Ceremony events to mark the start of a new parliamentary session.

The day will include Her Majesty The Queen addressing MSPs in the Chamber; Local Heroes taking part in the ‘Riding’ procession down Edinburgh’s Royal Mile and Holyrood’s ‘Big Day Out’ – a fun packed afternoon for all the family.

Commenting on his choice Graeme Dey said: “The Local Hero element of the official opening of Parliament was, for me, the highlight of the day in 2011. It does what it says on the tin, providing an opportunity for people’s unsung efforts to be recognised at a national level.

“Elaine’s nomination reflects not only her own efforts within the community but the wider work of the Kirriemuir Regeneration Group.

“KRG is a real team effort but unfortunately I was only able to nominate one local hero. Elaine taking on this role should be seen as recognition of the great work that the group is doing.”

A delighted Elaine added: “I am delighted to be nominated by Graeme for this. Our group are so very proud of our volunteers and all the projects being undertaken by the local community in Kirriemuir.”