Yes campaign launched in Borders

THE campaign for Scottish independence is up and running in the Borders, with the first meeting of supporters held last weekend.

Around 55 people attended the Kingsknowes Hotel in Galashiels on Sunday to hear Yes Scotland’s communications director Susan Stewart outline how the organisation aims to achieve its goal in two years.

Speaking to the 24th Yes group to be inaugurated, Ms Stewart, a former diplomat for Scottish affairs at the British Embassy in Washington DC, said: “The response from the audience was very encouraging and there was a real sense of purpose that we can achieve a Yes vote in 2014.”

Yes Scotland was established in May, with its anti-independence opponents Better Together launching a month later.

However, Yes Scotland’s Borders members may wish to remove the two Union Jack flags at the back of the room next time they meet at the Kingsknowes Hotel.