86-year-old veteran on march once more

Andy with North- east MSP Christian Allard at shoulder
Andy with North- east MSP Christian Allard at shoulder

A Deeside man who fought in the Second World War has once again joined a march, but this time its for Scottish independence.

86 year old RAF veteran Andy Brown reached the top of Calton Hill in Edinburgh for the march and rally for independence last Saturday (September 21).

Dess man Andy joined the tens of thousands who were celebrating one year to go until the referendum on Scottish Independence on the 18 September 2014.

Mr Brown, who is the President of the Aboyne Branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland said:“I have been a nationalist since I left school at Braemar at the age of 14. I didn’t ever think that at my age I would ever see a Scottish government run by the National Party, now I am confident that the people of Scotland will vote Yes with me in the 2014 Independence Referendum.

He praised the SNP’s defence policies if the country does choose separation from the rest of the UK: “As a World War Two veteran I was particularly delighted to hear Nicola Sturgeon state in her speech that Scotland’s armed forces would only be used for defence.”

Police estimated that more than 8,000 people took part in the march. Organisers said that between 20,000 and 30,000 people had been involved in the day’s events.

It featured speeches from a number of speakers including co-convenor of the Scottish Greens, Patrick Harvie MSP; Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon and Independent MSP Margo MacDonald as well as music and poetry.

Christian Allard MSP for the North- east, who attended the family event with his daughters and grandchildren said:“I would appeal to readers who agree with Andy Brown... to get involved in the Yes campaign. It is a campaign anyone can be involved in; wherever you are born, whatever your accent, religion or... whatever your age.”