Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Keith Quine Maureen Watt MSP Supports Scots Toun Campaign

Maureen Watt, SNP MSP for Aberdeen South and North Kincardine, has written to the Scottish Government and the Scots Language Centre in support of the campaign to award Keith, in Moray, the status of Scots Toun, in recognition of its work in promoting Scots language and culture.

Commenting, Ms Watt said:

"Coming from Keith myself I know how deserving of this award the town and its people are. The status of Scots Toun would be a wonderful way to recognise the culture and linguistic heritage of the area.

"Such an accolade would also be a great boost to the town and the local economy, in the same way as the designation of Book Town has been for Wigtown."

Richard Lochhead, MSP for Moray, also threw his support behind the campaign saying:

"I am delighted that Maureen, a Keith lass herself, is backing this campaign. After all she put Keith and Doric on the map by being the first to take her Parliamentary oath in the Doric.

"The campaign for Scots Toun status for Keith certainly has my backing and I look forward to supporting the cause as it develops."

Gary Coull, SNP councillor for Keith and Cullen echoed this sentiment, saying

"I am very much behind the potential award of Scots Toun for Keith, and the benefits of it chime with the actions outlined in the Moray Economic Strategy.

"Keith has a calendar full of events promoting Scots language and culture, and in particular Doric. It's also the language that many of us speak. I would be delighted if Keith became the first Scots Toun."
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