TODAY should have seen a static rally for independence mounted at the Parliament by All Under One banner (AUOB) but the retention of level 3 Covid-19 restrictions in Glasgow has forced the abandonment of the event.

The Yes DIY page can bring notice, however, of two events which, lockdown willing, will go ahead next month.

AUOB yesterday issued the following statement: “In the interests of public safety All Under One Banner has decided to cancel Saturday’s rally at the Parliament due to Glasgow remaining under level 3 restrictions, as we don’t wish to encourage travel between Glasgow and Edinburgh.

“Throughout the pandemic AUOB has handled everything correctly and so this decision is in keeping with this approach.

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“We look forward to the next rally that will take place on Bannockburn field on Saturday June 26 from 1pm to 3pm, the Saturday closest to the anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn.

“Now is the time to unite the clans and rally for independence on Bannockburn field. Join us to hear a broad range of political speakers and entertainment as we rally for indyref2 now. Please observe physical distancing, wear face coverings and keep good hand and respiratory hygiene. The fight for independence is on.”

A fortnight earlier there will be an innovative event on the beach at Kirkcaldy in Fife. Yes2Indee has set up what they are calling a “Beach Flag” event for Saturday, June 12 from 12-2pm National Organiser Gary Kelly said: “Yes2Indee is looking to send a clear and visual message to Boris Johnson and his Tory government, the message being that Scotland will choose its own future.

“Scotland didn’t sign up to a dictatorship in 1707 it joined a voluntary union with England.

“We at Yes2 are a not for profit organisation, once this pandemic is over we will be marching for Scotland in various cities, towns and villages and looking to work with local groups.

“We will only be marching and will be looking to work with local groups to arrange a rally at our events. The local groups will be in total control as separate entities, however we will both be working together to achieve marches plus rallies.

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“Yes2Indee have set out plans for a socially distanced event, on the beach of Kirkcaldy Esplande. Bring your flags, and be part of something different during these hard times.

“We are also pleased to announce the support of the Yes bikers, who will be bringing the thunder to Kirkcaldy. The guys will be bringing the thunder at approximately 1pm.”

Kelly said Yes2Indee has already recruited a first-aid team and said the group will issue advice to observe Covid restrictions and guidelines nearer the event.