Scottish Entry in Eurovision at Last

15 May 2009
SNP MEP Alyn Smith was in Gifford today (Friday) to congratulate the P5 class of Yester Primary School for their involvement in 'Schoolovision'.

The competition was organised by their teacher Michael Purves, and was designed to teach the children about Europe in a fun way.

The primary school linked up with 31 schools from across the continent, each picked a song which was representative of their country, practiced it and uploaded a video of it onto the project blog. This culminated in a live vote where all the schools came together online to pick the winner.

Smith, who represents the whole of Scotland in the European Parliament, has been at the forefront of the campaign for Scotland's own entry into the Eurovision Song Contest.

Speaking after his visit, Mr Smith said:

"Congratulations to the kids of Yester P5 and to their teacher Mr Purves for organising this technological feat of linking thirty-one schools simultaneously for the live vote!

"Eurovision is about the nations of Europe getting together and having fun, and judging from today's exercise that is exactly what happened. The children sang beautifully and clearly enjoyed themselves and hopefully they have taken something more serious from the enterprise too.

"I have been campaigning for Scotland's own place in the Eurovision Song Contest for some time now as, whether you love it or hate it, there can be little doubt that a show watched by millions across the world provides a brilliant opportunity to showcase our world-beating talent.

"These children performed under a saltire in their competition and, perhaps, one day they will be able to represent Scotland on the main stage too."