THE first meeting of the campaign to deliver a ‘Yes’ vote in Scotland’s 2014 independence referendum took place in Milngavie Town Hall on Saturday.
More than 50 people turned up to launch the East Dunbartonshire branch of Yes Scotland.
The cross-party campaign aims to galvanise support for Scottish independence in the run-up to the referendum.
Saturday’s launch was in front of an invited audience, all of whom had signed the Declaration for Scottish Independence.
They heard Yes Scotland’s director of communities Shirley-Anne Somerville outline how the umbrella organisation aimed to deliver a majority Yes vote in 2014 by building the largest community-based campaign in Scotland’s history.
She said: “This is the biggest and most important decision that Scotland will ever have to make about the future of our country.
“It is the people’s referendum and the people’s campaign and it will be won at grass-roots level the length and breadth of Scotland.”
Yes Scotland was formally established on May 25 this year as an inclusive organisation for people of different political colours and none but who share the fundamental goal of delivering independence in two years time.
Through a network of locally-based regional organisers, Yes Scotland will provide support for community campaign groups which are being established throughout the country.
The meeting in Milngavie attracted a cross-section of people of different political persuasions and none and the East Dunbartonshire group is the 22nd in Scotland to be inaugurated.
Mrs Somerville 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.”