The search is on to find any young people in Falkirk district who were born on July 1, 1999, and want to join the celebrations as the Scottish Parliament turns 20.

The Parliament was officially opened by the Queen on July 1, 1999, and to mark its 20th anniversary there will be a year-long programme of events and activities in 2019 to showcase the positive impact it has had on the lives of people in Scotland.

Among the events being planned is an afternoon of celebration and commemoration at Holyrood on Saturday, June 29, to which anyone in Scotland who turns 20 on July 1 is invited.

During the 10th anniversary in 2009, 163 children who shared their 10th birthday with the Scottish Parliament were invited to mark that milestone.

Falkirk West MSP Michael Matheson said: “Hopefully, we’ll once again have a good turnout of young people who were born on this special day in our nation’s history and it will be great to see representatives from Falkirk district attend this event.

“It’s been a huge privilege and honour to have served in the Scottish Parliament right from the start, first as a list MSP for Central Scotland and then as the MSP for Falkirk West since 2007.
“I look forward to this opportunity not only to celebrate the many achievements of the Scottish Parliament over the last two decades but also to look ahead at how we can continue to work hard to make Scotland a fairer, more progressive and more prosperous country.”

Anybody born on July 1, 1999, who wants to take part in the celebrations is asked to get in touch with the Scottish Parliament Corporate Body by emailing