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AUOB Yes Independence March Perth

AUOB Yes Independence March Perth

 7th September 2019

The omens for another great march of independence came early that morning, first with the weather forecast, then an encounter with a guard heading for his train in Inverness Station. “You’ll be looking for the Perth train,” he said, with a glance at the YRS t-shirt and bag. “No, we’ve got a bus going.” He was surprised, seemingly unaware of the scale of numbers heading from all the airts – the bus itself had Yessers from Elgin to Ullapool to Thurso, for whom Inverness was only half way. “Well, I’ll be on the march too, once I get to Perth and am out of this uniform!”

The good news had started even earlier, with the announcement a couple of days before that one of the marchers and a rally speaker was to be none other than Deputy First Minister John Swinney. Here was a very public acknowledgement of the grassroot indy movement and its massive marches, from the top of Government. Will this endorsement be repeated, or even bettered, at the next march, on 5th October in Edinburgh? (Why not join us on the two YRS buses going, and help make the march the biggest ever statement of the demand for independence.)

Massive, but aye peaceful and indeed joyous marches. And though it is galling that the so called BBC Scotland said not a peep about the march, while paying attention to sectarian violence directed the same day at two small Irish marches in Glasgow, our mix of pacific and terrific reached out to far more people than violence ever could or should. And we would hardly have gone unnoticed, with about 20,000 going past well-populated areas, down into the centre and through to the North Inch by the Tay, and no doubt into the all-important local media. It has been suggested that there were more police than usual, but if so, they weren’t intrusive. The regular shouty counter-huddle of Yoonies has, to be fair, never presented a danger; though notably this time they were placed back from the marchers. But any increased police presence may have simply been down to caution stemming from the Westminster tensions or from the presence of a senior Government minister.

The march was previewed by The National with a stunning front cover; rather, two covers, flipping the paper round for mirrored Scottish and Welsh banner headlines, and a sea of Saltires or, the other way up, of Red Dragons, marking Perth and a simultaneous Welsh indy march in Merthyr Tydfil. The National was being handed out in Wales, but as seen in Oban, folk in Perth had also been busy handing out Yes.Scot scrolls and posters in advance along the route of the march, and these were being held aloft by many appreciative onlookers on the pavement and at open windows. Yes there were a couple of Union Flags stuck up; but no-one looked out of those windows. And as ever the marchers bore much more than just Saltires, but one small group of Basques celebrated the passing march holding flags of their own national banner.

We’d arrived an hour early at the gathering point on the edge of the giant corrie that is the Letham area of Perth, to what seemed a worryingly small number in the park. But first the park, then the road, quickly and smoothly filled to bursting as the mix of folk of varied lilts and languages, clothes and costumes, kept their tryst with the common cause. Welcoming facilities and emerging sunshine eased the wait, then we were off, the start of the Highland hills to be seen on the horizon above the trees and houses and the Lowland flats. Leading the way and the volume was the Saor Alba Pipe Band, including some YRS members; spotted was the band’s Saltire-bedecked support van (number, SP07RAN). And with pride of place in the YRS contingent taken by none other than Hamish himself, the diminutive lion that directly inspired the indy cartoon of same, the Ross and Sutherland roar was always going to be heard.

 

 

 

A great excuse for a party

A great excuse for a party

We are delighted to announce that Highland CND will be joining us at our event ‘A GUID NICHT OOT‘ to celebrate the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) receiving the Nobel Peace Prize at a ceremony in Oslo. The award is for the campaign’s critical contribution to the new UN Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons. Already the Treaty has been signed by 53 UN member states and it will come into force as soon as 50 states have ratified it.

Would be great if everyone could get their tickets asap so we have an idea of numbers for food, Thanks.

Tickets available here

Promoting the Indy apps

Promoting the Indy apps

We are very lucky in the YES movement to have two superb apps at our disposal The IndyApp from NYR and Yes2Hub, both serving different purposes and complimenting each other perfectly. From news and analysis to communications we have it covered. These apps are of no good if we don’t all download and use them. 

Yes2Hub

Yes2 Hub is a social media platform promoting independence for Scotland, allowing you to easily follow and get notifications of the latest articles from pro-indy sites including Wings Over Scotland, Bella Caledonia, Newsnet Scotland and more.
The hub also cover livestreams by Independence Live & podcasts from the likes of Lesley Riddoch & Michael Greenwell.

In addition you can also follow other users and groups and create your own feed. The events section is especially useful for both promoting your events and finding any other events in your area.

Get the app on Google PLay

IndyApp

A networking app that will show you all registered groups (around 125 I believe) and after registering as a user will let you join any group or groups that appeal to you. The app has a messenger that will allow in group chat and in addition each group will have a couple of editors that can communicate with all other group editors via an editors forum. The app will also store useful group information such as events and campaigns.

Get the app on Google Play

Both of these apps not only deserve our support but will, I’m sure become essential tools when the next Indyref is called but we need to use them and build them now in preparation.


A Guid Nicht Oot

A Guid Nicht Oot

Yes Ross | Sutherland are having a wee get together in the Jubilee Hall, Evanton
Traditional Scottish food included
Live music from Eagleshambles
BYOB
So come along and join in the fun, catch up with old friends and perhaps make some new,enjoy the craic and good company
£8.50 per head admission, including food.Under 16s free
Raffle & Tombola

2 Dec 7:30-12.30

Ticket available here

Returning to Alness

Returning to Alness

We look forward to returning to Alness for another street stall.

we will be on the High St in the square by the bank from 11:00 till 14:00 this Saturday the 14th Oct.

Come along and say Hi and if you see us in passing, give us a wave or a toot will do fine.

And look out for the mobile Hub in new livery.

 

Solidarity with Catalonia

Solidarity with Catalonia

Yes Ross | Sutherland are proud to support this event and we would encourage all our members to make an effort to come along. This rally is in defence of Democracy, that is something we should all hold very dear.