DUMFRIESSHIRE MSP Oliver Mundell has called on the Scottish government to give extra support to culturally-significant events and festivities, like Common Ridings.
During a virtual meeting of the parliament he asked Fiona Hyslop, cabinet secretary for economy, fair work and culture to confirm that support would be available to ensure events remain economically viable and can return.
He is keen that the events, which matter to people and give a huge financial boost to the region’s economy, do not miss out and are given the recognition they deserve.
Before the coronavirus outbreak he was contacted by groups which believe there should be more recognition for the significant traditions so closely identified with towns and communities.
Ms Hyslop responded positively and said the events were the lifeblood of communities and it was important to support them.
He plans to contact groups in the coming months to look at co-ordinating a bid for funding next year.
After the meeting, he said: “Common Ridings are the highlight of the year for visitors and locals and I want some of the money being spent by the government directed toward these organisations and boost their profile to ensure they return stronger next summer.”
“Obviously, organisers have done the right thing and cancelled this year but it’s important we thank them for their continued efforts.”