Tuesday, January 21, 2020
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Skye Mountain Rescue team leader Gerry Akroyd MBE was amongst over 100 “local heroes” nominated for the opening of the Scottish Parliament.

Local MSP, Kate Forbes, decided to invite the 71 years old along to honour the volunteer rescuers on the island and recognise Gerry’s four decades of being nvolved with the mountaineering scene locally.

Each of the parliament’s 129 MSPs were invited to choose a local hero to join the historic Riding of Parliament, from Edinburgh Castle along the Royal Mile for the opening which was carried out by The Queen.

Kate, the MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, said: “Thank you to everyone who nominated a Local Hero to come to the opening of the Scottish Parliament. It was incredibly hard to decide but after several people nominated Skye Mountain Rescue, I invited the team leader.

"Volunteers, and it's important to remember that the mountain rescue teams are volunteers, go out in all weathers whenever the call goes out," she said.

The MSP added: "We have fantastic terrain in Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch that attracts thousands of climbers and walkers every year, most of whom come to no harm.

"In the unfortunate cases where rescues and searches are required, it's a blessing to have the ready, sacrificial dedication of the mountain rescue teams."

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