A day to go until an historic moment in Edinburgh – the first time Auld Reekie hears the footfall of recovering people, marching down the ancient Royal Mile in a massive group. From flip-flops to Doc Martens, decibels of energy will resonate off the cobbles, demonstrating the sure footedness that people have in their recoveries. Welcome to the Scottish Recovery Walk 2014.
Of course the importance of the sound of leather on cobbles is relatively minor when you consider the meaning behind the event. Five years ago the idea that recovering people in Scotland could come together confidently to celebrate recovery en masse would have seemed ridiculous. But hope prevails. First there was the Glasgow walk. Then there was the Forth Road Bridge walk. And now there is the Edinburgh walk.
Recovery salutes parliament
We know remarkable things are happening all over Scotland and here in the capital there is something truly wonderful playing out. Recovering people and supporters of recovery will walk from the shadow of the castle, past St Giles Cathedral and John Knox’s house, past the Scottish Parliament and the Holyrood Palace to Holyrood park, demonstrating to our democratic legislature and country that recovery has a face and a voice. It’s an gloriously attractive face and an increasingly confident voice. That it will be seen and heard from the seat of parliament is hugely important.
Scottish Recovery Walk 2014
So what are the details? The SRC briefing tells us:
- To gather at 9.30 at Johnston Terrace
- The route will be down the Royal Mile to Holyrood Park where a series of speakers will be hosted
- The event will close at 12.00 midday.
- To bring a banner
- And to use public transport to get there if you can
Support the event
We’re also encouraged to support the event by:
- Share the regular Facebook updates
- Tweet about the event using the hashtag #RecoveryWalkScotland2014
- Join the social media campaign by taking a photograph or make a 20 second film using the hashtag poster
The route map is available here to download.
Oh, and although I mentioned flip-flops earlier – forget it. Wear sensible shoes, says the SRC. Flip flops don’t do recovery after all it seems. At least not in the Old Town’s cobbles.