Pro-Indy rally is axed but march still on

Evening Times - - NEWS - BY JACK AITCHISON

AN IN­DE­PEN­DENCE rally in Glas­gow Green has been can­celled due to poor weather con­di­tions, or­gan­is­ers have con­firmed.

All Un­der One Ban­ner (AUOB), who de­scribe them­selves as the “grass­roots pres­sure group for Scot­tish in­de­pen­dence”, had planned to gather in the park to hear from speak­ers fol­low­ing a march through the city.

But af­ter con­sul­ta­tion with Glas­gow City Coun­cil, or­gan­is­ers say they have taken the “dis­ap­point­ing” de­ci­sion to can­cel the rally.

The pre­vi­ously planned march, how­ever, will go ahead as planned.

A sub­mit­ted es­ti­ma­tion by the or­gan­is­ers to Glas­gow City Coun­cil said 100,000 peo­ple will take part in the event – how­ever this was prior to any weather fore­casts.

The Met Of­fice is pre­dict­ing a 90% chance of rain through­out the day, with high winds also ex­pected.

Gary Kelly, AUOB mem­ber and or­gan­iser of the march, said: “All Un­der One Ban­ner takes the safety of ev­ery­one at­tend­ing our marches and ral­lies very se­ri­ously.

“I have looked at the best weather fore­casts avail­able for Satur­day.

“High wind is fore­cast in Glas­gow and so it is not pos­si­ble for the rally at Glas­gow Green to go ahead.

“I am sure that peo­ple will be dis­ap­pointed be­cause a num­ber of great speak­ers had agreed to take part, how­ever safety is al­ways top pri­or­ity.

“I am very pleased that the march is go­ing ahead.”

Sup­port­ers of in­de­pen­dence are set to gather at Kelv­in­grove Park in the city’s West End at 11.30am on Satur­day.

From there, road clo­sures will be in place as the group make their way across the city.

The planned road is: Kelv­in­grove Park, Kelv­in­way, Gib­son Street, El­don Street, Wood­lands Road, Sauchiehal­l Street, Pitt Street, Blythswood Square (S), West Ge­orge Street, Ren­field street, Union street, Ja­maica street, Clyde Street, Salt­mar­ket, Glas­gow Green.

This is the first in a series of marches be­ing or­gan­ised by All Un­der One Ban­ner with one more march scheduled for Glas­gow in May as well as a host of marches in Arbroath, Peebles, El­gin, Kirk­caldy, Stir­ling and Ed­in­burgh.

Neil Mackay, an AUOB mem­ber, added: “Or­gan­is­ing out­door events in Scot­land in win­ter is al­ways dif­fi­cult and sub­ject to our weather.

“While the march goes ahead as planned, the safety of those at­tend­ing is al­ways our num­ber one con­cern.

“As a re­sult, the rally af­ter the march is can­celled.

“We had a num­ber of great speak­ers lined up for the rally so it is a pity that the rally will now not take place. We have apol­o­gised to the speak­ers for the can­cel­la­tion and they have all been very un­der­stand­ing and sup­port­ive.

“All Un­der One Ban­ner looks for­ward to an im­por­tant and im­pres­sive march tak­ing place on Satur­day.”

The march will go ahead as planned but the rally has been can­celled

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