Giant saltire flag visits Arran during nationwide tour

Independence campaigners with the giant saltire flag at the Ormidale Park in Brodick.

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A giant 62- by 23-foot saltire flag has visited Arran and has been pictured at a number of iconic locations as part of a nationwide tour in support of Scottish independence.

Hosted by Yes Arran, the flag was taken to a number of locations over the weekend, including Ormidale Park and Brodick beach, North Sannox, Lochranza Castle, Blackwaterfoot beach, Machrie Moor and Lamlash.

The massive flag, know as the Caley, is one of four oversized saltire flags owned by Outer Hebrides for Independence which tour the country to raise awareness of its campaign for Scottish independence.

The Caley was made on Lewis and is named after a Stornoway hotel. It took 40 hours to make on a domestic Toyota sewing machine over three months last year and it weighs 22 kilograms. It was first unveiled at Lews Castle in Stornoway during May this year.

Malcolm Kerr of Yes Arran said: ‘Emerging from the pandemic, the big problems for Scotland and the world are still there: separation from Europe, climate change, nuclear weapons proliferation, environmental degradation, challenges to democracy, economic and health disparities. In these times, for many people in Scotland, the St Andrew’s Flag has come to represent inspiration, hope and solidarity for people weighed down by political stagnation.

‘The Caley Saltire’s Arran visit has been sponsored by Yes Arran. Arran voted Yes for Independence in 2014 by a margin sufficient to tip the Ardrossan and Arran council ward into being the only yes-voting locality in North Ayrshire. This project has got people talking, and has brought activists and enthusiasts together in anticipation of an Independence Referendum in 2023.’

The Caley’s visit to Brodick was accompanied by a tea, coffee and cake event where Yes Arran campaigners had their first chance to meet since the pandemic began. Those in support of Scottish independence can find out more information about the group on Facebook by searching for Yes Scotland Arran.

The Caley on Blackwaterfoot beach with Drumadoon in the background.