The Society at the Scottish Parliament




THE WALLACE LETTER GETS A PROPER WELCOME HOME
Well, the Wallace Letter is now home in Scotland.  Myself & Gary were invited to the Scottish Parliament for the opening of the exhibition, at which the Lubeck Letter was also on show.  Many thanks to all who turned up at the Scottish Parliament for the return of the Wallace Safe Conduct Letter, around 150 people showed up outside the building as we gave a very personal thank you to all involved in the campaign.  With Albannach & Ted Christopher setting the mood by providing the music, we had fine speeches from Gary, Jim Singer, Mark Hirst & Ted. 

Albannach & Ted Christopher were on top form. Speakers were fantastic & the atmosphere was one of camaraderie & happiness. A fantastic day which will be remembered for ever. Thanks to Andy for the sporran & Tom for the walking stick. Great craftmanship from both. Thanks to Elma for her special words to myself & Gary.

The coming together of so many good friends & like-minded souls was terrific. This was a day to remember for all of us & a day to remember Davie Ross.

Four days later, the Society’s committee members were again invited to the civic reception, where we met the MSP’s, historians, academics & curators who helped with the safe return of Wallace's letter.

Another great evening & a highlight in the history of the Society. 

Just remembering… through an alcohol-induced fug compiled with the enormity of what the SOWW achieved. Here are my thoughts.

We experienced a sense of euphoria that day, & as Willie Ballantyne said, “Today was up there with London”. Without taking anything away from Davie Ross & what he achieved that day in 2005, I agree. We had everything in place – the tartan, the centenary, the letter coming home, the only thing that wasn’t in place was Big Davie, giving me that big bear hug to say, “We did it again.”

This one was for you, ya Big Warmer.


Yours for Scotland, 

Duncan Fenton - Convenor, Society of William Wallace

Duncan addresses the crowd
Ted, Marc, Duncan, Gary, Abbey, Jim, Irene & Alex
Gary says a few words
The mighty Nach perform at Parliament
Ted says a few heartfelt words
Ted, Marc, Duncan, Gary & Abbey
Jim Singer from Cran Tara addresses the crowd
Mark Hirst says a few words, Mark's help was invaluable to the Society, thanks pal.
Happy Peeps
Steve & Tam
The Lubeck Letter
Amber & Scotia
Proud as punch
Gordon and his crew
Lachlan & Scotia
William & Anne
A well deserved pint
Queuing up
Information board
Gary with the letter
Almost into the exhibition
Lesley & Irene
Duncan and Gary saying thank you to Dr Jan Lokers& Annette Borns, Senator of Department of Culture of Lubeck
Society members with Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Culture & External Affairs
Thanks to everyone who contributed the photographs


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The Society of William Wallace is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation Registration number SC045959