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  • 4 November 2018

    On 3rd and 4th November 2018, Ambassador of Poland Arkady Rzegocki visited Edinburgh to participate in the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining independence, including the unveiling of a statue dedicated to Polish war hero and defender of Scotland General Stanisław Maczek and a commemorative mass at St Mary's Cathedral.

     

    The unveiling took place at the quadrangle of the City of Edinburgh Chambers on Saturday. A life-size bronze sculpture, made by a Polish artist Bronisław Krzysztof, was unveiled by Lady Fraser of Carmyllie, a widow of Lord Fraser, who initiated the campaign to erect the memorial, and Major Zbigniew Mieczkowski, one of Gen. Maczek's soldiers.

     

    Among those attending the ceremony were Lord Provost of Edinburgh Rt Hon Frank Ross, Poland's Minister for International Dialogue Maria Anna Anders, General Commander of the Polish Armed Forces Jarosław Mika, Consul General in Edinburgh Ireneusz Truszkowski, Polish scouts and representatives of the Polish community in Scotland. 

     

    On the second day of his visit, Ambassador Rzegocki took part in a mass at St Mary's Cathedral to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining independence, during which a memorial plaque celebrating Polish-Scottish friendship and paying tribute to "the Scottish people for their hospitality to Polish exiles" was unveiled. 

     

    Speaking at the ceremony, Ambassador Rzegocki thanked all the Poles in Scotland who have cultivated for decades the idea of a free Poland. “With the unveiling of this plaque, we pay homage to all who offered their hospitality and commemorate the Polish Government-in-Exile, Polish officers, soldiers and civilians,” he said. During the service, Fiona Hyslop, Scotland's Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, highlighted the role Polish people played in defending Scotland’s freedom during the Second World War, emphasising a close link between the two countries.

     

    The two-day visit was an opportunity to discuss the future Polish-Scottish relations with Scotland’s Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation Ivan Paul McKee and Ben Macpherson, the Scottish Minister for Europe, Migration & International Development. The Ambassador also paid tribute to the fallen Polish soldiers and to Prince Seweryn Czetwertyński, the Deputy Marshal of the Polish Sejm during the Second Polish Republic, at the Mount Vernon Cemetery and joined the Polish scouts in Glasgow to celebrate 100 years of the existence of the Polish Scouting and Guiding Association (ZHP).

     

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