THE world’s last remaining seagoing passenger-carrying paddle steamer has been pressed into the service of the Yes movement for what should be a historic day this summer.

PS Waverley has been booked by Yes East Ayrshire for what activists are calling the trip of a lifetime to the All Under One Banner march and rally in Campbeltown on Saturday, July 27

With the generous assistance of the Scottish Independence Foundation for the deposit, Yes East Ayrshire say the round trip from Largs will cost £37 – a saving on the normal day excursion price.

A well as a chance to enjoy the scenery of the Firth of Clyde, the Waverley will offer its usual hospitality and catering facilities on the three-hour trip from Largs to Campbeltown where All Under One Banner have organised the march to leave at 1.30pm prompt from Kinloch Park.

The march will then go by the High Street, Millknowe, Longrow, Main Street, Witchburn Road (B842), Tomaig Road, The Meadows, Ralston Road, Main Street, and back to Kinloch Park for the rally.

The bookings are being handled by the Waverley’s operators, and their website has been very busy since the trip was announced.

The ship’s website reads: “Waverley will depart Largs 10am and arrive at Campbeltown around 1pm. Following the event Waverley will depart Campbeltown at 5pm.

“Please note that no banners or placards can be carried aboard Waverley for safety reasons. Passengers are not permitted to carry alcohol aboard. There is a maximum of six tickets per booking.”

The National understands that there is no limit on the number of purchases a person can make, so it should be possible for entire Yes groups to travel together on the Waverley.

Those intending to bring flags and banners must carry them in a sealed bag, while any flagpoles must be collapsible and kept in a bag.

Wheelchair access is available but there is limited space and anyone intending to board the Waverley will be required to be carried up the boarding ramp by staff from the ship.

The rules on carrying alcohol aboard are strictly enforced and the purser can check bags and will refuse to carry any passenger who is drunk.

The National understands that bookings have already been made by activists from as far away as the Scottish Borders and Dumfries.

Yes Edinburgh West said to its members: “Spaces are limited, so please book early – and pass the message on within your Yes groups and beyond.

“We look forward to seeing you there – showing support for AUOB and the Campbeltown Yes community, who are delighted that we are coming.”