We will be publishing a full report on the AUOB Edinburgh march in due course. In the mean time we are compiling an album of images from the day to use on social media and as a gallery on the web site. If you have any pictures you would like to add to this album please send to firstname.lastname@example.org
Following on from the success of the marches in Inverness and Dundee, we look forward to heading to Edinburgh for the biggest march of the year. Probably the most passionately supported one to, given the uncertainties of Brexit. Combined with the arrogant and condescending tone from Westminster toward Holyrood, it is imperative we make the greatest effort to be there.
We will not only be marching to show our desire for Independence, but also in defence of our parliament. We must stand and be counted and make a statement that is heard the length and breadth of the land. Yes Ross and Sutherland are now running two busses to this event, however tickets are moving fast. There are still some available on a first come, first serve basis, so get in quick.
Tickets are available from eventbrite
MARCH FOR INDEPENDENCE- EDINBURGH
SATURDAY 6TH OCTOBER 2018
GATHERING EARLY, LEAVE 1.00PM SHARP
Johnston Terrace, George 4th Bridge, Lawn Market, High Street, Canon Gate, Queens Drive, Holyrood Park.
While the morning of Saturday the 28th broke with the sound of rain drumming on all and sundry, by the start of the YES march at 1:30pm it had cleared and the sound of drums on the streets of Inverness was literal. With pipes and chants also ringing out, fourteen thousand marchers strode out to demand their freedom from a regressive, one-sided Union that has held Scotland in contempt for its entire duration.
— Independence Live (@liveIndyScot) July 29, 2018
The All Under One Banner march rolled over the bridge and up to the High Street. Here we were treated to the sight of a tiny handful of Unionist supporters with a microphone trying vainly to be heard over the massed ranks of this unstoppable force. The engines of fifty YES bikers revving as they passed the insignificant group completely drowned out their attempt to defy our message and we left them behind without a backward glance.
Onward, the march flowed, a boiling ribbon of blue and white to challenge the Ness itself, but with many other colours also in evidence. The yellow and red of the Catalonian flag was strongly represented along with flags from many other nations. Even the St George’s Cross flew proudly, not to mention the colourful banners of the many YES groups from across our nation. Unionists and their Union in our wake we were now met only by friendly faces, waving flags and cheering their support from the roadside.
Pouring into the park at Castle Heather we gathered at the stage to hear powerful words and inspiring music. Messages of hope and inclusivity reminded us that Scotland is Big Enough, Rich Enough and Smart Enough to look after her own and to be a force for good on the world stage. Anger at Westminster injustice and disrespect confirmed that Scotland has Had Enough of a union that has left us poorer and unable to realise our true potential. Maree Todd MSP gave an excellent speech at the beginning of the rally and Steve Elwood spoke passionately and powerfully on behalf of YES Ross & Sutherland at the end of the day. Hats off to all the speakers and a big thank you to Steve who represented us so well. Thanks also to the stall team, those who donated tombola prizes and to Lorraine who baked ninety Indy cup-cakes! We made over £200 for the cause.
If Saturday’s events left you thirsty for more, see below for further opportunities to make your voice heard:
click on image above to view gallery. Thanks to Elizabeth and Peadar for images.
List of marches and other events
11th August – Protest Media Bias BBC | STV Pacific Quay, Glasgow
Provided for information only, this is a peoples demonstration by all members of society in Scotland. Could we please ask that if you are intending to attend this demo that you do not wear YES or YES ROSS SUTHERLAND t shirts etc. We don’t want this branded by the MSM as an Indy protest but rather as a Scottish peoples protest.
Be advised, this is not a YES event. Demonstrators will be challenging BBC bias, not demanding Independence for Scotland.
18th August – AUOB March in the Yes city Dundee
6th October – AUOB March in our capital city Edinburgh.
PS – The street stall in Beauly on Sat 4th Aug is cancelled.
Extract from AUOB
“Due to further complex meetings with the Council and Police Scotland etc we have had to change the starting point of the route :
Below is the final route , which thankfully is a bit shorter and starts closer to the city centre.
MARCH FOR INDEPENDENCE- INVERNESS
SATURDAY- 28TH JULY 2018
NORTHERN MEETING PARK to CASTLE HEATHER PARK
GATHERING from 12.30PM, LEAVING AT 1.30 PM SHARP
Assemble at Northern Meeting Park , Ardross Street, Ardross Terrace, Ness Walk, Ness Bridge , Bridge Street , Castle Street , Culduthel Road, Balloan Road , Castle Heather Park
MAKE SURE YOU JOIN THE EVENT ONLINE..
SHARE THIS EVENT PAGE AND IT’S POSTS…
INVITE AS MANY FRIENDS AS YOU CAN USING THE ‘INVITE FRIENDS’ TAB AT THE TOP OF THIS EVENT PAGE…
BRING YOUR FLAGS, BANNERS, PIPES & DRUMS!
ALBA GU BRATH!”
Delighted to share this film, the first in the Series Nation from Phantom Power Films
with Lesley Riddoch.
Join us if you can for some leafleting tomorrow. All welcome
A Phantom Power production
Shared from YouTube
The second in a series of films with Lesley Riddoch exploring Scotland’s inspiring northern European neighbours and what we can learn.