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Look who I bumped into!


By Caroline McMorran


North West Sutherland campaigner Margaret Meek, had been hoping that she might be lucky enough to meet the Queen at a Royal garden party in Holyrood.

And while she did indeed catch a glimpse of the monarch from afar, she ended up having a much closer encounter with the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon.

Ms Meek attended the July 3 event at Edinburgh with her husband Murdo MacPherson. Both are members of Kinlochbervie Community Council.

The coveted invitation came after Ms Meek’s name was put forward by Sutherland deputy Lord Lieutenant David Grant, who runs Highland Stoneware, Lochinver.

It is understood he was impressed by the campaign she waged last year to keep open public toilets, threatened under public sector cuts.

The Queen was at the garden party along with Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and Princess Anne.

“It was very exciting,” said Mrs Meek. “The weather was absolutely perfect, the gardens were gorgeous. And the pastries were the best I ever tasted.

It was a perfect day - it could not have been better. If I was ever invited again, I would definitely go.”

And Mrs Meek was equally impressed with Nicola Sturgeon, describing the political leader as a “warm, bubbly person”.



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