Despite the bad weather, local Yes groups from across the region were out over the weekend spreading their positive vision for independence to mark 100 days until the polls open on September 18th.
On Friday night Joan McAlpine MSP joined local campaigners in Lochmaben for an evening of canvassing, and on Saturday campaigners in Georgetown braved the torrential rain to deliver Yes newspapers through the doors. On Monday activists got together for a photo-shoot at the Midsteeple in Dumfries to celebrate the start of the 100 day count down.
The SNP MSP said:
“The response on the doorsteps was fantastic. The majority of people we spoke with were voting yes and it was really great to see those who were undecided moving to yes.
“With 100 days to go the momentum is definitely with the Yes campaign.
“It’s great that so many people from our local groups come out to show their commitment to the cause. They are gearing up for a summer of hard graft.”
To mark the 100 day countdown, Yes Scotland launched a pledge card with five points to illustrate the guaranteed gains of independence and how their lives, and those of their families, will be better: more secure, with more job opportunities, the chance to make big savings, to always get the governments they vote for and to protect their public services.
Mum’s for Change representative Gail Brown from Lochmaben said:
“To me the most important thing is that we will be able to make big savings of around £600 million by not spending money on nuclear weapons or Westminster MPs and Lords.
“Instead we can focus on making life easier for young families like mine, by investing in childcare. Not only that, we can give households more financial security by cost of living increases in pensions, tax credits and tax free allowances.”
Ruth Callander from Youth for Yes Dumfries and Galloway said:
“With just 100 days to go we are looking to get as many young people engaged as possible.
“Our generation have the most to gain from independence. I would encourage anyone who is under 30 and keen to get involved to get in touch with me on firstname.lastname@example.org or to pop along to our meeting this Friday at Ferintosh Guest House from 6pm.”