Kirkcaldy boy’s big day out to Scottish Parliament

Kirkcaldy West Primary pupil Owen Baxter was treated to an early Christmas present yesterday when he visited the Scottish Parliament.

Owen (11), a P7 pupil and his class teacher Andrew Harley made the trip along with Ann Whittaker, a cashier from Sainsbury’s in the town who has raised thousands of pounds for the Poppy Appeal by crocheting poppies for work colleagues and customers, as guests of David Torrance, Kirkcaldy’s MSP.

Owen’s trip was part of his prize for having his design chosen as Mr Torrance’s official Christmas card, from hundreds of entries from four local primary schools.

And he enjoyed a fun-filled day with a tour around the Parliament building, with a special visit into the debating chamber (and a sneak seat in the MSP chairs), before joining the audience for First Minister’s Questions when the issue of sending planes on bombing raids to Syria was discussed.

Owen visited Mr Torrance’s office on the fifth floor of the building and had a chance to sit in his “thinking pod” overlooking Arthur’s Seat and was presented with a framed copy of his winning Christmas card with a special message from the MSP.

Then it was time for a scrumptuous lunch in the Member’s dining room where Owen enjoyed a massive portion of haddock and chips followed by sticky toffee pudding and ice cream!

He said: “I had a good day at the Parliament because we got a tour of the place that was really good.

“We got our three-course meal that was outstanding and I couldn’t finish it, but Mr Torrance helped me. It was a great day out and I really enjoyed it. Thank you.”