Friday, 1 June 2012
Scotland's Contribution To Sunday's Jubilee Pageant
Our First Minster has been busy this week.
I was reliably informed he has now completed the rehearsals - in a secret location off the west coast - for Sunday's pageant and the vessel is now making its way to the Thames. It is understood Mr Salmond intends to travel by Easyjet to London on Saturday, to ensure his place directly behind the royal procession.
Quite right too.
We may be a small country but we have different priorities to other parts of the UK. No extravagant frippery for us. The famous Clyde puffer was requested by the First Minister shortly after he received his invitation to join the flotilla. in 'the smertest boat in the coastin tred' he will show the world that we are a proud nation which doesn't necessarily believe big is better.
(The photograph was taken by one of the crew during the secret rehearsals earlier in the week. The crew commended the First Minister for his patience when engine failure struck the vessel several times, however, I believe that issue has been resolved and the boat has now been equipped with a couple of inflatable dinghies which will be used as tugs in the case of emergency.)
I wish him a most enjoyable day and know he will do Scotland proud.