Parliamentary praises for Moray firms' 'exemplary' response to Storm Arwen victims
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TWO Moray businesses are set to feature in congratulatory motions in the Scottish Parliament for their work during Storm Arwen.
Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP Karen Adam has launched several motions at Holyrood recognising individual organisation and businesses for their response to help others in their community in the days following the storm, which left a trail of devastation in its wake.
Storm Arwen damaged the power network that affected one million homes and businesses, many of them in the north-east.
Businesses and community organisations across the region opened their doors to the public, provided hot food and water, charging points, places to wash clothes and, in some cases, even a place to sleep.
Among those in line for some parliamentary praise are The Little Kitchen in Buckie and AP Systems in Cullen.
Others in line for commendation are: One Pot Stop Food Bar in Ladysbridge; Boddam Chip Shop; The Fife Lodge in Banff; Portsoy Coffee Shop and Bistro; The Knowes Hotel in Macduff; The Salvation Army in Fraserburgh; Boyndie Visitor Centre; The Galley Whitehills.
More organisations are set to recognised in motions lodged after the festive recess.
Ms Adam said: “My team and I spent the days following Storm Arwen liaising with the local authorities, utility companies, community groups, and local businesses to ensure that people in need were able to get water, a hot meal, and alternate accommodation, as required. She added, “The response from the local community was so heartening and beyond the call of duty that it calls for official recognition from the parliament.
“Without the help of these organisations and businesses, we could have had unspeakable tragedy in the north-east. I was overwhelmed with how many of them got in touch to make sure that the word got out, and that people in need could access their services.
“I’m so grateful to them and proud to represent these communities who have such a strong spirit of giving at their hearts.
“I once again want to offer my sincerest thanks to all the individuals and organisations who came forward to offer help to their neighbours during this unprecedented and challenging time.”