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Holyrood party for 10-year-olds

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Megan Manfredini was one of 163 babies born on the day the Scottish Parliament opened.

Efforts are under way to track down 163 children who were born on the opening day of the Scottish Parliament.

The 10-year-olds were all issued with medallions and a letter from the first first minister, Donald Dewar.

They will all be invited to Holyrood to celebrate next year's 10th anniversary of the Scottish Parliament on 1 July.

Presiding Officer Alex Fergusson said the children born in Scotland on 1 July 1999 would be at the heart of the birthday celebrations.

He added: "In our first decade we have tried new and different ways to share the power with the people of Scotland, such as the public petitions committee and the Festival of Politics, which are keenly studied by other legislatures.

"It is fitting to continue to develop and build on this work as we mark the 10th anniversary."

Megan Manfredini, one of the children born on the day the Scottish Parliament assumed its full powers, will help with the 10th anniversary celebrations.

The Ayrshire nine-year-old said: "I am really excited about my birthday and can't believe I'll be having my party at the parliament. It really will be a special day."

The main activities being taken forward as part of the 2009 programme include a range of new partnerships with three specific groups who are thought to be under-represented in parliamentary engagement: disabled people, people from ethnic minority backgrounds and hard-to-reach young people.

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July 2009 will see celebrations of 10 years of devolution

There will be new educational events designed to attract and engage more young people with the parliament and political issues.

A travelling exhibition is planned which will be seen through the eyes of 10 people living in Scotland.

The Ten Faces of Scotland exhibition will focus on people's experiences of engaging with the Scottish Parliament over the last decade.

It will be displayed in community venues and will visit up to 10 sites across the country during 2009.

MSPs have been asked to nominate constituents who have an exciting story to share with the rest of Scotland about engagement with the parliament.

The exhibition will include photography and an interview detailing their story.

A conference called How the Scottish Parliament Works will be held, aimed specifically at community groups.

The parliament will also seek to mark the 10th anniversary through existing activities such as the Festival of Politics and events like the Dewar Debate.

Discussions are under way as to how this might most effectively take place.


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