Dad locked out of son’s competition

Iain Tait at the Mining Museum
Iain Tait at the Mining Museum

A wheelchair user is angry that he couldn’t see his son’s entry at a council-run craft competition as disabled access was padlocked.

Iain Tait (58), from Gorebridge, has had severe Rheumatoid Arthritis since a road accident in 2002.

He told the Advertiser he felt “excluded and victimised” when he tried to see work by his son, also called Iain Tait (15), representing St David’s High School at the Midlothian Ikea Competition at the National Mining Museum in Newtongrange last week.

He said one of the organisers from Midlothian Council told him he did not have the keys to open the access point.

Iain said: “The building had been handed over to the council. The mining museum locked the gates but the council should have opened them as they knew before the event that I was a wheelchair user.”

A representative from the museum said:“We are extremely disappointed to hear about Mr Tait’s experience.”

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