Local MSPs Christine Grahame and Colin Beattie and Provost Councillor Joe Wallace recently attended the Midlothian Association of Play’s annual Playday event at Vogrie Country Park.
Despite the rain the event, which helps raise awareness of the fact that play matters for mental health and wellbeing, was packed with families.
Ms Grahame said: “I was delighted to be invited along and join hundreds of people in attendance in the splendid Vogrie Country Park. There were many events like toasting marshmallows on a log fire, miniature train rides, cycling obstacle course, mud play and much more.
“It was a fabulous platform for the Midlothian Association of Play to highlight the importance of play for mental health and wellbeing. The organisation works to improve and increase children’s opportunity to play.”
Mr Beattie added: “The association does great work in highlighting the importance of playtime for children – there’s no doubt it can really improve mental health and wellbeing.
“The Playday itself was fantastic fun and makes me wish the Association had been around in my own childhood! I look forward to seeing what they come up with next year.”
Mr Wallace continued: “This is a great day out for all the family at one of Midlothian’s beautiful parks. Mud baths for the bairns to get down and dirty without getting into trouble and stuff to build gang huts with bits and pieces that are left lying around to fire up young imaginations.
“Pancakes and roasted marshmallows cooked on an open fire and a miniature railway. Lots of things to do in the open air all for free. What more could anybody ask?”