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Banffshire Maritime Heritage Association
Official opening by Alex Salmond MP

Official opening by Alex Salmond MP.
Chairmanís speech

Part 1

Welcome / fit like everyone to the Banffshire Maritime Heritage Association official opening of our 2006 exhibition.

Itís great to have a dedicated building such as this and even more special that we have a lease for next year as well, so setting up next year should be a doddle.  We also have an old wash house out the back which I hope to fix-up during the winter and open in 2007.  We also intend to have a feature at the gable end, we have an anchor already and weíre looking for some lifebuoys and some timber posts 3 or 4 inches in size. 

Iíd like now to thank the committee and volunteers for their efforts and also to our sponsors and local people who have loaned or donated items for the exhibition without all of them it could not have happened.  I said right from the start this is a community project and it would only be a success with the backing of the community, so thanks to you all.

When I thought about asking someone to come to Macduff to open this exhibition two names came to mind, first was Alex and second was Ross Finnie.  Why Ross Finnie?  Well we have a master net-man here ĎLiam Sparkeí and he has a wee present for the Fisheries Minister.  Yes itís a hangmanís noose specially made for Mr Finnie and it symbolises the stranglehold that the CFP has on our fishing industry.  Alex, he also has one for you; no itís not a noose, itís a bag heís specially made solely from fishing twine with a braided handle.

Seriously itís a great honour and a privilege to have with us Alex Salmond our local MP and leader of the SNP, Alex is constantly speaking up in parliament for our fishing industry and I canít think of anyone more fitting to open this exhibition.

Part 2

Can we have a big thanks to Alex for officially opening this exhibition.  Alex in my opinion is the most passionate MP in the UK and possibly the world.  Alex is passionate about politics, passionate about Scotland, and most importantly passionate about the people of Scotland.

Iíd like to wish him aí the best for the 2007 elections and I now invite him back here for next years opening not as our MP but as the ĎFirst Minister of Scotlandí.

Labour we canna trust onymare,
thereís a crisis in the SSP,
the Tories hivnae got a chunce,
mi vote, is wi the SNP!

And Alex,
as you approach,
the ĎZenithí of your career,
move forward with your usual strength and passion,
history in the making is so near!

Have faith in your work,
have faith in what you can achieve,
have faith in yourself, Alex
and make others believe!

And if itís meant to happen,
by God happen it will,
but it wonít happen by itself,
thereíll be no standing still.

So give us your strategy,
give us your plan,
give us something plain and simple, 
something that the people can understand.

And if you tell the people of Scotland,
honestly what you intend to do,
you will win their hearts,
and the country will come to you!

Stanley Bruce

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