One of the more cheering developments of the past decade is the greater prominence now being given to Scotland’s official national day – St Andrew’s Day. It’s the day of the year – 30 November – set aside for a celebration of all that is Scotland and all that Scotland is. A celebration in which we are joined by the Scottish diaspora. Somewhat appropriately, St Andrew’s Day is a global event. It is a day on which we remember our past, consider our present and contemplate our future. It is fitting that among the various ways Scotland’s national day is marked, there should be a demonstration of our desire to end the Union and restore Scotland’s rightful status as an independent nation.
Scottish Independence Movement (SIM) has taken the lead in organising a march and rally in Edinburgh on Saturday 27 November. All who share the aspiration and determination to see Scotland an independent nation once again are invited to this gathering. Marchers will assemble on Johnston Terrace. Departing 13:00 sharp, the march will proceed via Castle Terrace (Johnston Terrace to Lady Lawson Street), Lady Lawson Street, West Port, Grassmarket (main section), Cowgatehead, Cowgate, St. Mary’s Street, Canongate and Horse Wynd to the Scottish Parliament.
At the end of the march the crowd will be entertained with live music from some of Scotland’s top performers and hear speeches from leading figures in Scotland’s independence movement including Tommy Sheppard MP.
As is now the custom at these Yes events, there will be a collection for local foodbanks. On this occasion, with Christmas fast approaching, there will also be a special collection in which people are invited to donate gifts for children who might otherwise be left without on Christmas morning. The Salvation Army has kindly agreed to assist with collection and distribution of donated parcels.
It’s a small thing to purchase a wee present. It’s a huge thing to make a child smile.
Organiser say they are determined that the St Andrew’s Day March for Independence will be a joyful occasion. With winter looming and the pandemic still lurking in the wings they hope people will wrap-up warmly, take the precautions with which we are all now familiar and bring their smiles, their songs and their indomitable Yes spirit to Edinburgh this Saturday.