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Road to the Gathering

Jason Baird of the National Yes Registry tells the story of their humble beginnings through to their major Gathering event in May

BACK IN December 2014, once I had found and made contact with as many surviving Yes groups as possible, I called my old Largs Yes Shop pal, Edward M. Smith and together we made the original half hour National Yes Registry concept film. Armed only with this (brilliant) film and lots of chutzpah, we successfully crowd funded and bought the “wee blue van” to enable me to travel to every group in Scotland that would have us. We showed the concept film to each group, and had open forum discussions to see if there was an appetite to come together in a network of like minded indy folk. There was!

Each group we visited selected two delegates to send down to our first national conference of local groups, which was held in Largs on the 5th of December 2015. Over 60 individuals attended from as far afield as Orkney, Annandale, Skye, East Fife and everywhere in between. We even had presentations from a couple of upstart media types called iScot and Independence Live, who came along as representatives of the movement’s new media! Wonder whatever happened to them?

We successfully crowd funded and bought the “wee blue van” to enable me to travel to every group in Scotland that would have us

That first conference of the local groups was absolutely central in developing collective thinking on how to advance together as autonomous local groups.

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