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.

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."