Campaigners hail independence night

Yes Campaigners: International author and playwright Alan Bissett kicked off with a rousing rendition of his now famous and ironic poem 'Vote Britain'.
Yes Campaigners: International author and playwright Alan Bissett kicked off with a rousing rendition of his now famous and ironic poem 'Vote Britain'.
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AROUND 160 people of all ages took part in the latest event organised by Yes Scotland’s north east Fife branch last week.

Organisers of the free “Hear the Nation” event, at the Corn Exchange in Cupar on Thursday, said it was a sell-out with some members of the public having to be turned away.

Keynote speakers Left to Right:  Natalie McGarry (women for independence), Cllr. Karen Marjoram, Colin Fox (SSP), Allan Grogan (Labour for Independence) , Rod Campbell MSP, Andy Collins (Scottish Green Party & Spokesperson for Yes Scotland North East FIfe.

Keynote speakers Left to Right: Natalie McGarry (women for independence), Cllr. Karen Marjoram, Colin Fox (SSP), Allan Grogan (Labour for Independence) , Rod Campbell MSP, Andy Collins (Scottish Green Party & Spokesperson for Yes Scotland North East FIfe.

Those who attended were treated to a night of music, art and poetry as well as talks from public speakers.

They included Alan Bissett (writer), Natalie McGarry (Women for Independence), Cllr Karen Marjoram, Colin Fox (SSP), Allan Grogan (Labour for Independence), Rod Campbell MSP and Andy Collins (Scottish Green Party & spokesperson for Yes Scotland North East Fife).

Mr Collins said he thought the night’s “huge success” illustrated the appetite for people across North East Fife to engage in the referendum debate.

He added: “The public have had a night of great entertainment as well as hearing some very thought-provoking speeches about Scotland’s future.

“The motivation behind this unique event is to bring the independence debate to a wider audience and to get more people aware, engaged and involved.

“We are therefore delighted that the community responded and we had a full house.

“YES Scotland North East Fife will build on the success of this event and will reach out to every part of our community to deliver our positive message for the future of Scotland.

“And with our growing list of activists and volunteers to help us, we are confident that Scotland will vote to be an independent country in September next year.”

A painting by Fife artist Dawn Brooks was auctioned off on the evening and talented local piper Calum Winter and up and coming local band Amber Road also played for guests.