23 January 2020

Stevenson Seeks Stamp of Approval for Declaration of Arbroath

Stewart Stevenson MSP has written to the Chief Executive of Royal Mail asking whether there are any plans to issue a commemorative stamp to mark the 700th Anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath.

Mr Stevenson is keen to find out what plans are in the pipeline for a special issue to commemorate the anniversary of the historic and iconic document.

Royal Mail released special stamps to mark the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta.

Commenting Mr Stevenson said:

“The Declaration of Arbroath is a unique document that is an iconic part of Scotland’s history and over the course of 2020, there will be events taking place all over the country to celebrate its 700th anniversary.

“Collectors and stamp enthusiasts will know that Royal Mail has issued many special commemorative stamp covers to mark historic events and anniversaries, including the Magna Carter and the Battle of Hastings. So a commemorative stamp for the anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath certainly seems fitting, given the document’s importance to Scotland.

“I’ve contacted Royal Mail to find out what its plans are and whether there’s anything in their pipeline to celebrate the special anniversary of this amazing document.”

22 January 2020

Local MSP Attends Fraserburgh RNLI Memorial Service

Banffshire & Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson attended the memorial service held on Sunday to mark the 50th anniversary of the Fraserburgh Lifeboat Disaster.

The Fraserburgh Lifeboat capsized on 21 January 1970 with the loss of five crew members. A commemorative service was held on Sunday in Fraserburgh’s Old Parish Church.

Commenting, Mr Stevenson said:

“We owe a huge debt to the current and former personnel who give of their time so freely to serve the RNLI in a variety of capacities.

“In particular, it is right and proper that we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in their attempts to assist others in distress.

“Sunday’s commemoration was a fitting and dignified tribute and one at which it was humbling to be present.”

Stevenson Pays Tribute to Brian Pack

Commenting on the news that former Aberdeen & Northern Marts Chief Executive and highly-respected member of the Scottish agricultural community Brian Pack has died, Banffshire & Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson said:

“Brian Pack was a hugely influential figure in both North-east and Scottish agriculture. He has made an immense contribution to both the industry and to Scottish life from his management of ANM Group, to devising the annual ‘Taste of Grampian’ festival, to the Pack Report for the Scottish Government into future agricultural support.

“Brian was always a good source of sage advice and will be greatly missed.

“My thoughts are with his wife Pam and sons David and Alan at this time.”

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