Town welcomes thousands of Indy supporters to first revolutionary march of the year


More than 2,500 people strode through Paisley on Saturday as part of a “revolutionary campaign” for Independence.

It was the first event of the year staged by the All Under One Banner organisation.

Marchers were also backing the Make Poverty History campaign – and began and ended their mission in Ferguslie Gardens.

The town looked its best in sparkling sunshine as people paraded through the center before being addressed by speakers including Paisley MSP George Adam.



Stunning weather made it a glorious day to stage the march and rally

The Saor Alba pipe band dressed in the yellow and blue of Ukraine and at the rally in Ferguslie one of the bagpipers played the Ukrainian national anthem in solidarity.

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Organizers had encouraged people to wear yellow and blue as well as the usual saltires, kilts and tartan, and bring placards urging support for the Ukrainian people.



The Saor Alba Pipe Band and big mascot Sheldon
The Saor Alba Pipe Band and big mascot Sheldon

Kids and dogs joined in as the procession weaved down the High Street and took in landmarks such as the Town Hall and Coats Memorial Church.

Paisley photographer David Cameron marched with them to capture a stunning series of shots.

AN All Under One Banner spokesman said: “It’s more important than ever that the people of Scotland have a series of well-organized opportunities to take to the streets and express their desire for independence.



A pair of Indy supporters enjoy the atmosphere at Ferguslie Gardens
A pair of Indy supporters enjoy the atmosphere at Ferguslie Gardens

“AUOB is committed to holding mass mobilizations until the day is won, and we know there is a huge, vibrant, creative movement that is just as determined as we are.

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“If it wasn’t for the AUOB marches over the last seven years we would not have such a Yes movement today, for these annual schedules of mass mobilizations have served to sustain, fuel, galvanize and empower independence supporters, giving targets for unity in action and reminding everyone it’s the people who are in charge.



The march passes Paisley Town Hall
The march passes Paisley Town Hall

“Regular mass mobilizations grow and enthuse the Yes movement in ways that pollsters don’t assess, across the demographics and communities the length and breadth of Scotland as participants and observers take home what they felt, saw, heard and realised.”

Members of the Renfrewshire Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament joined the 2,500 the march.

Scottish CND supports Scottish independence as the most realistic route to removing the UK’s nuclear weapons.



Flag day - with the Coats Memorial as a backdrop
Flag day – with the Coats Memorial as a backdrop

The Renfrewshire Group’s Duncan Macintosh said: “We are all appalled at the death and destruction Russia’s armed forced are bringing to Ukraine.



Sea of ​​color - the parade weaved through Paisley town center
Sea of ​​color – the parade weaved through Paisley town center

“But nothing could ever justify the UK firing even one of the UK’s nuclear warheads at the innocent people of Moscow.

“Each warhead is eight times more destructive than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima.”

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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