YES Ross Sutherland will this week become the latest group to distribute 1000 free copies of The National in five communities within its area.

We asked them what they have been up to and we are grateful to Lorraine Carson and Erik Sullivan for the information they sent us.

They wrote: “Yes Ross Sutherland (YRS) has been campaigning for Scottish independence since August 2016. Since then, we have delivered many thousands of leaflets in towns and villages across the area and YRS bannered stalls are now a regular feature on high streets around the Cromarty Firth. During the past year we have been running a series of leaflets to inform people about the Westminster power grab. We keep in touch with other indy organisations around the region through Yes Highland, which represents nine Yes groups. This network allows us to support each other and to order resources collectively to save money. Within YRS there are no official roles, save that of treasurer for banking purposes, and day-to-day tasks are handled by an administrative team.

“This January we have been busy setting up local teams, now numbering eight, in order to significantly boost our capacity and grow our activist base. These teams are semi-autonomous and self-organising, and are supported and supplied by the wider YRS group.

“With this structure we hope to make ourselves adaptable and quick to react during what we expect to be a very important year for Scotland.

“On Saturday January 26 we are holding a Day of Action with simultaneous stalls on five high streets and leafleting in as many communities as possible.

“This batch of leaflets, designed by IndyPosterboy, demonstrates that Scotland has a massive wealth of resources, giving us huge potential as an independent country. We’ll also be handing out free copies of The National. In the evening there will be live music and drinks from 7:30pm in the Alness Golf Club with tickets £5 on our website or on the door. Please come and join us there.

“YRS members believe that, under Westminster, Scotland’s wealth has been squandered for the benefit of a few. We are campaigning for an independent Scotland that places values such as equality, fairness and sustainability at its core.”

Meanwhile, members of Pensioners for Independence have formed a new musical group called Pensioners for Indy Warblers and they are marking Burns night by giving a series of three concerts. Having played at Maryhill Women’s Centre yesterday they will be performing at sheltered housing complexes in Carntyne and Dennistoun later this week.

Pensioner for Independence co-convener Mary McCabe said: “We are a political group that’s out

to entertain.”