Margo MacDonald memorial service to be held in Edinburgh's Assembly Hall

Margo MacDonald Margo MacDonald was a hugely influential figure in the Scottish independence movement

A memorial service to celebrate the life of politician Margo Macdonald will be held in the Assembly Hall on the Mound in Edinburgh.

The independent MSP died at her home last Friday. She had suffered from Parkinson's disease for almost 20 years.

At her request, bright clothes are to be worn at the service, which is being held at 10:30 on Friday 25 April.

A family announcement reads: "This is not to be an occasion for mourning."

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The MSP's widower Jim Sillars, Scottish Health Secretary Alex Neil and actress Elaine C Smith are expected to lead tributes at the service.

Ms MacDonald, who was 70, will be cremated in a private family ceremony.

She represented the Scottish National Party at both Westminster and Holyrood, before latterly serving as an independent MSP.

The politician, who represented the Lothian region, had been campaigning to legalise assisted suicide.

Her family are preparing a playlist of her favourite country music songs.

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