WHAT a weekend this is for the Yes DIY movement across Scotland, with events that show the commitment of so many individuals to the cause of independence.

The finishing touches are being put to three events of a different nature which The National has already highlighted and which show how comprehensively people are approaching the campaign to build a proper grassroots movement ready to take on the challenge of a second independence referendum.

Following on from the Hands Off Our Parliament (HOOP) event at Holyrood last month, today sees a very visual demonstration of support for Yes right across the central belt of Scotland.

Some 40 bridges along the length of the M8 will be festooned with banners, flags and Yes supporters in a demonstration inspired by the tactics of those clever people at Bridges for Indy.

Yes M8 aims to link Edinburgh to Greenock in a show of support for Yes. It will last from 11am to 1pm and all participants should by now have registered their attendance – if you haven’t done so please don’t go along as the organisers are prioritising safety.

Tomorrow the first North East Scottish Independence Conference will take place at the Copthorne Hotel in Aberdeen from 11am to 6pm. There are still tickets available on Eventbrite.

In Arbroath, the Annual Rally will take place to commemorate the 498th anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath. We’ll report on all these events on Wednesday.