Recognition of strong community spirit and support

Provost John McMillan has paid thanks to local communities and key workers across the county for supporting and helping others in the battle against coronavirus.

We are extremely fortunate in East Lothian to have such strong community spirit and engagement.Provost John McMillan

“These are unprecedented times causing great concern and uncertainty but I take considerable comfort in seeing how individuals who have volunteered to participate in our Resilient Communities groups have responded so magnificently to help the more vulnerable members of our communities.

“The way in which the people and various agencies have combined their expertise, enthusiasm and commitment to respond to the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic requires to be recognised and thanked.

“As Provost of East Lothian, one of my greatest pleasures is being able to meet residents, visit local businesses and to introduce visitors to the many delights of the county. In the months of May and June I had hoped to attend local Gala days, fetes, fairs, flower shows, school concerts and prizegivings. and events at the Racecourse, on our Golf Coast and throughout our county.

“I am particularly sad that the Silver Arrow shoot on Musselburgh Links has been postponed due to the emergency, as its proud history goes back to at least 1603 with the Royal Company of Archers marching through Musselburgh after competing for one of the oldest trophies in sporting history.

"But as I stand proudly centre stage acting in my Provost role for East Lothian I have always been conscious that behind the scenes good people in our communities, and Council officers, make so many events happen and add value to East Lothian’s life and culture.

"So, with thanks to all those good folk, I am not surprised that communities have come together and are now themselves at the forefront delivering services to their community

"Unfortunately due to current restrictions I am unable to personally thank our Resilient Communities groups and others for all of their efforts but want to use this opportunity to offer my thanks to our many unsung heroes who are doing what they can to help others without any expectation of praise or reward.

 “In addition I would like to also recognise the invaluable contributions made by our teachers and school staff, social work and care staff, waste services teams and so many others helping to maintain a sense of normality during these uncertain times.

“We are extremely fortunate in East Lothian to have such strong community spirit and engagement. Thank you all. Take care and stay safe.”

Published: Friday, 15th May 2020