On my way to work on Monday morning I called into Strathaven Academy’s first-year assembly.
It was about what an advantage it is in life to understand another language and how that opens doors to the great pleasure of learning and appreciating other cultures.
I was invited to talk about my own experience of growing up in a household with an Italian influence.
My grandfather came to Scotland from a mountain village in Liguria in the north of Italy. He was amongst the first main wave of Italian immigrants in the late 19th/ early 20th century. He met my Govan grandmother over the deep-fat fryer in a Partick fishand-chip shop – and the rest, as they say, is history!
It’s reckoned there are up to 100,000 Italian extraction Scots living here and our influences right through Scottish society are deep.
Scotland has been enriched by immigration over the years – the Jewish population, Irish friends, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Indians,
The smooth running of many of our services relies on incoming workers who have made their homes here...