Mr Robin Swann, the North Antrim Ulster Unionist Party Assemblyman and member of the Stormont Public Accounts Committee, has called on those in the community who herald from the Ulster-Scots tradition “to stand up and be proud of your rich Ulster-Scots heritage and culture”.
Assemblyman Swann, the UUP Chief Whip and a long-time campaigner for and participant in the Ulster-Scots pipe band scene, issued his appeal after taking part in an event to mark Community Relations and Cultural Awareness Week.
Assemblyman Swann added: “Having enjoyed – and continue to enjoy – many wonderful years and experiences with the Ulster-Scots pipe band scene, I issue this heartfelt appeal to the Ulster-Scots community – not just in North Antrim, but right across the Province – stand up and be proud of your rich heritage and culture.
“The republican community is constantly trying to ram its so-called heritage, culture and rewriting of history to suit the Sinn Fein agenda down the throats of the pro-Union community and indeed everyone else in Northern Ireland.
“But we from the Ulster-Scots tradition have equal rights too to tell the community about our culture’s very positive contribution to society in Northern Ireland. It is time for the Ulster-Scots community to really stand up and be counted,” said Assemblyman Swann.