ONE of the defining factors of the Yes DIY movement is that we leave the po-faces to the Unionists and enjoy ourselves even as we make the serious points about independence.

In Castle Douglas on Saturday they are going to make it an Aye Night with a difference, featuring speakers and entertainers organised by the Yes Stewartry group.

Our very own Paul Kavanagh and his Wee Ginger Dug will top the bill on an evening chaired by local author Karen Campbell.

The local makar Susi Briggs will no doubt contribute some of her poetry and stories, while Amanda Burgauer of Scottish Rural Action is sure to address the issues that face Castle Douglas and the Stewartry in general.

Musicians such as guitarist Preston Reed, Scottish singer-songwriter Nicola Black, and Lee McQueen and The Bogle Mufties band will provide suitable entertainment.

Last but not least, the evening will hear from Stuart Paterson, BBC Scotland poet in residence and keen promoter of the Scots language.

The event will take place at Castle Douglas Town Hall in St Andrew Street at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 on the door, and concessions are available.

Yes Stewartry said: “There will be a raffle on the night and while food is included, in the ticket price, please bring your own bottle.”

The group added that 50 per cent of any profits will be donated to local food banks.

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