Joint thanks from Midlothian’s Lord-Lieutenant and Provost

Provost of Midlothian, Cllr Peter Smaill and Midlothian’s Lord Lieutenant, Sir Robert Clerk, have issued a joint message of thanks to communities, workers delivering vital services and volunteers who are working hard to support others during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Unprecedented times

Provost Peter Smaill said: “We are living in unprecedented times. None of us have faced a situation quite like this in our lifetime. This is challenging for a lot of people but we are getting through it thanks to those who are helping to keep the country going. Well done to everyone in Midlothian. Our communities are going above and beyond. Our carers are doing an amazing job looking after vulnerable people in homes and in care homes, not forgetting our wonderful NHS frontline staff.”

Thanks to Council staff

“A big thanks to Midlothian Council employees for their dedication at this time. This includes cleaners, refuse collectors and our school staff who have put together programmes of work for children at home to do online. Some teaching staff are also working in the hubs to provide childcare for the children of key workers. Our catering staff are working to provide meals for the children in the hubs.  Many council employees have adapted their roles to make sure we can continue to deliver key services and keep Midlothian residents informed and supported - for example, we now have library staff working in the Contact Centre."


“Thanks to all the volunteers out there who are offering their time to support vulnerable groups such as the elderly as well as family, friends and neighbours. It’s been heartening to hear of communities rallying together at this time. “

We all have a responsibility.

“Finally we all have our part to play in controlling the outbreak so I’d like to thank everyone who has followed the rules and stayed at home. By taking the right actions we are helping to prevent the spread of the virus and therefore saving lives.”

Midlothian's Lord-Lieutenant

Sir Robert Clerk, Midlothian's Lord-Lieutenant, the Queen’s personal representative in Midlothian, also extended his appreciation to key workers. He said:

“I fully endorse all the comments made by Provost Smaill; it is a privilege to thank all key workers who live and work in Midlothian for the enormous efforts they are making, in so many different ways, to help our communities just now. After nearly seven years in this role, I now retire as Lord-Lieutenant and an abiding memory for me will be seeing the heart-warming actions of the past few weeks, where local residents have helped each other, and the most vulnerable in our area, in the midst of so many challenges.”


6 Apr 2020