Added to website, 24 April 2022:
Over the last few months All Under One Banner’s marches have, understandably, been somewhat quieter than previously, but that began to change with the march in Arbroath earlier this month, and that trend will, we’re sure, continue with the march in Glasgow on Saturday 14 May.
Yes Perth City will again be running a bus to the Glasgow march, departing from Broxden Park & Ride at 10 am, arriving in time for the start of the march at 12 noon and returning to Broxden by approximately 5 pm. The cost of the return journey is £13, and if you’d like to purchase a ticket you can do so either online on our Eventbrite page or in person at the Destiny Perth & Kinross Yes Hub, 246 High Street, Perth, between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm from Wednesday to Saturday.
Looking further ahead, we’re also planning our next street stall in Perth High Street, and we’ve pencilled in the morning of Saturday 21 May for that. We expect to be able to confirm that date soon, and in the meantime please mark it in your diary.
The situation in Ukraine remains, as you might expect, the principal topic of conversation on most people’s lips.
Since the end of February the Destiny Hub at 246 High Street, Perth has truly risen to the occasion, raising funds to support Ukrainian refugees by designing and producing ‘solidarity’ badges and keyrings. Here’s a quick glimpse of what’s currently available.
Every penny raised goes to the umbrella organisation Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain, which has links with various charities sending supplies to refugees leaving Ukraine and supporting them in other ways.
The Hub initiative has had huge support from passers-by and visitors, as well as in some local hostelries who took a supply for their customers. So far, as a result of the sheer number of customers snapping them up, plus one significant individual donation, the Hub has been able to send the astounding sum of £1,955 to AUGB. Well done to everyone who’s been involved with this – a great bit of community outreach as well as support for a good cause.
There are still plenty of badges and keyrings left, so if you’re in town from Wednesday to Saturday between 10 am and 4 pm, do pop in and pick one up – and feel free to do a bit of browsing while you’re at it.
Independence may not be front and centre of the general conversation at present, but it’s an ever-present thread woven through the big topics: national sovereignty, the nuclear question, the appalling ‘hostile environment’ inflicted by the Home Office on refugees, the cost of living crisis, the climate emergency and more. So it’s very much time for the Yes movement to get out there having discussions with people once again.
We’ve got our first street stall of 2022 coming up in Perth High Street on Saturday 26 March between 10 am and 1 pm. With the Council elections fast approaching, we know it’s a busy time, but if you can spare a couple of hours to come along and help you’ll be most welcome. Just drop us a line at or speak to William on 07815 427136. You’ll also be welcome to pop in to the Hub at 246 High Street, where during opening hours (see above) most of the planning will be taking place!
For the first time in over two years, we’ll also be operating a return coach service to the All Under One Banner march in Arbroath on Saturday 2 April. The coach will not be operating ‘social distancing’, but as a Covid precaution we’ll be asking passengers to take a Lateral Flow Test before they come out and to wear face coverings on the bus. Tickets for the journey cost £10 each and you can buy one on our Eventbrite page here. A small number of paper tickets will also be available at the Hub.
We also have plans for a litter pick in Letham on Saturday 9 April, for which we’ll be looking for volunteers (hi-viz jackets provided!) and, with those Council elections in mind, also hope to carry out some voter registration outreach at Perth College before the Easter recess. Watch out for more news about these.
Finally for now, to give you a flavour of what’s going on in various corners of the Yes movement, here (courtesy of the Perthshire Independence Network) is the latest edition of the National Yes Network Newsletter. We’d particularly recommend taking a look at the 36-minute video, embedded in it, of a recent Zoom presentation given by Yes For EU, tackling a lot of the questions all of us are likely to encounter about an independent Scotland’s future relationship with the EU.
That’s about all for now. More news soon and, in the meantime, we look forward to seeing you at the Hub some time.
Yes Perth City Steering Group
Promoted by Almond and Earn SNP Branch, 61 Glasgow Road, PERTH, PH2 0PE
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