AN increasing number of Yes groups across the country are taking a lead in cultural and civic activities in their localities, and Dumfries and Galloway Pensioners for Independence (DGPI) are the latest to show their fellow citizens that they have plenty to be proud of in their local heritage.

On Saturday, July 6, DGPI will host a pop-up exhibition describing the days when the Royal Burgh of Dumfries was one of the few locations of a Scottish Royal Mint, responsible for producing the coinage of the nation through several centuries.

The fascinating story of Dumfries as a “mint town” will be told mainly through photographs, including pictures of coins from the 13th to the 16th century.

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Ian Richmond of DGPI wrote to tell us: “The days when money was minted on the streets of Dumfries will be recalled in an exhibition in the Bakers Oven, Midsteeple Quarter, Dumfries on Saturday, July 6.

“Dumfries and Galloway Pensioners for Independence have put together a photographic exhibition with the co-operation of Dumfries Libraries to tell the story of Dumfries as a Royal Mint town.”

Dougie Muego of DGPI added: “As an independent country, Scotland minted coinage at a number of sites, including Dumfries. We have tracked down images of coins from the reigns of James V, Alexander II and Mary Queen of Scots.”

As well as the exhibition there will be talks and music, home baking and quizzes from 10am until 4pm, and you can expect plenty of information about Scotland’s current assets.