Anti-Trident campaigners hold demonstration in town

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More than 50 people gathered in Melrose’s Market Square on Saturday to demonstrate their opposition to the renewal of the Trident nuclear missile system.

Co-organiser Kath McDonald, 69, a seasoned campaigner against nuclear weapons in Scotland, said: “It was good to see so many like-minded people standing up for what they believe passionately in.

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“There was singing and dancing, and a strong feeling of solidarity.

“It seems that the people of Scotland do not want weapons of mass destruction here in Scotland nor anywhere. Nor do the vast majority of our Scottish MPs at Westminster.”

One such, Borders MP Calum Kerr, provided a statement read out by co-organiser Jane Pearn.

The demonstration was timed to take place at the same time as several others all over Scotland, ahead of Monday’s debate and vote in London’s House of Commons, at which the renewal of the Trident nuclear weapons system was backed by 472 votes to 117.

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Kath, who has participated in several peace walks and demonstrations at Faslane, told us: “Unfortunately, they can be pretty convincing, these pro-Trident people, and I’m afraid Jeremy Corbyn didn’t come across well in opposition.”