An interesting new initiative is under way in Nairn, where a Yes activist has spotted an opportunity to get people talking about independence.

Victoria Gianopoulos-Johnson has come up with the idea of getting parents together to discuss independence and how it can be achieved.

She told The National: “I am hosting a parents meeting for Yes, which I believe is the first of its kind in Scotland. It will take place on May 15 at the Nairn Community and Arts Centre at 10.30m.

“It will be a meeting held during the day in a mother and toddler community room so that parents with young children can attend.

“I have organised Sue Lyons from the Women For Independence committee and Anne Thomas from the Scottish Greens to speak.”

Gianopoulos-Johnson explained what gave her the idea: “I was taking part in a programme on Independence Live radio and we were discussing how difficult it is for a young mother with bairns like myself to get involved in politics.

“It’s something I feel strongly about and I suggested that the political parties, particularly the two main pro-independence parties, should do something about it.

“Most of their meetings are held at night when it is very difficult for mothers to attend, but one of the other women on the show suggested I shouldn’t wait for the parties and just organise something myself.

“So here is the first meeting. It will be very child friendly and also allow parents to talk.”