Remembering fight to end slavery

COMMUNITIES minister Rhona Brankin praised the Scots who helped end the slave trade in Britain, after taking part in a march in Musselburgh to mark the 200th anniversary of its abolition.

Ms Brankin joined church leaders and politicians in a walk from the town centre to Inveresk Lodge, the former home of plantation owner James Wedderburn.

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Ms Brankin praised the courage of those who helped bring about the abolition of slavery. She said: "Many of those were Scots, and 200 years on from the passing of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act, we should remember the vital contribution they made."