AUOB March & Rally

AUOB March & Rally

Stories from the March: Glasgow 4th May 2024 – Indypodcasters Fiona and Marlene join the March for Scottish Independence, organised by AUOB.
Here are some stories and opinions from folk they met along the way:
  • 00:30 Jacobites
  • 01:09 Yes 2 and memories
  • 04:18 Big blue flags!
  • 06:42 Solidarity Saltire
  • 07:04 Richie Venton, SSP
  • 07:30 Freedom Come All Ye singalong
  • 09:58 March sets off
  • 16:36 Alex Salmond, Alba
  • 19:03 Refugees are welcome here
  • 20:34 View from the Bridge

Well done to everyone who took part and thanks for stopping to chat with us! Marlene is still chuckling at being mistaken for Val McDermid!

Stories from the March
Scottish Independence

You can find the livestream of the whole March & Rally event on the IndependenceLive YouTube channel.

IndyPodcasters have just released an audio podcast of the speeches from the End Pensioner Poverty March for Independence last month. You’ll find them here: Speaking Up for Scotland. Or have a look in their Grassroots Indy Campaign playlist.


Speaking Up for Scotland. Independence Rally

Yes! Speaking Up for Scotland

April saw the first Independence Rally of the year, organised by Pensioners for Independence and Believe in Scotland. The theme of the event was #EndPensionerPoverty. This podcast brings together the speeches from the independence rally – minus the obligatory comments about how wonderfully sunny the weather was!

Speaking Up for Scotland:

The speakers included writers, trade unionists, poets, anti-nuclear campaigners, film-makers, politicians, activists, musicians, journalists. And one old age pensioner who also happens to be a podcaster. You’ll recognise her!

  • 00:50     Pat Kane (musician and journalist)
  • 06:11     Jane McAllister (film maker)
  • 12:47     Gordon Martin (RMT trade union)
  • 18:47      Ross Greer (Scottish Greens)
  • 23:07      Iona Soper (activist)
  • 28:57      Richie Venton (Scottish Socialist Party)
  • 37:21      Marlene Halliday (Pensioners for Indy – and Indypodcaster!)
  • 43:54      James Robertson (poet and author)
  • 49:50      Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp (Believe in Scotland)
  • 57:20       Humza Yousaf (First Minister)

Scottish Independence Podcasts filmed everyone as the march entered George Square. It’s on their Youtube channel. See if you can spot yourself or your pals: Believers in Scotland March Into George Square . And there is a review of the event in their blog – looking at things like did the message get through? how successful an event was it? any improvements for next time?

The whole march and independence rally was livestreamed by Independence Live and can be seen on their Youtube channel.

Independence Rally. Speaking up for Scotland

End Pensioner Poverty. Glagow March for Independence

Let’s End Pensioner Poverty

End Pensioner Poverty was the theme of Saturday’s march and rally in Glasgow.

End Pensioner Poverty. Glagow March for Independence

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Pensioners for Indy partnered with Believe in Scotland to put on this event. it was a big jog and we have been involved with the planning of it over the past six months. Members from our Fife, Glasgow, Selkirk and Ayr groups were in the steering group, along with some of the Believe in Scotland team.

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Marlene Halliday, who is Treasurer of our National Coordinating Group as well as a member of the Glasgow Group,was one of the speakers at the rally.

There are two suggestions for action in Marlene’s talk. One is about addressing pensioner poverty by creating a Scottish Pensioners Payment similar to the Scottish Child Payment. The second is about addressing the two thirds of older voters who are still not convinced about independence. She intends writing her speech up for the National and if possible talking to Young Scots for Independence at their conference next month.

Here is her speech:

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Mary McCabe, Co-Convenor of our National Group as well as a member our Greater Glasgow group, has written some more about the day:

Saturday was a glorious day in all senses. Even the sun turned out for the first pro-indy march of 2024. 

This was the first time Pensioners for Indy has been involved at the organisational level of a major demonstration (in partnership with Believe in Scotland) and members from our branches in Edinburgh & Lothians, Selkirk, Dumfries & Galloway, Fife and of course Greater Glasgow all brought their banners to march behind the big horizontal banner we’d commissioned for the occasion. Alan Logue, our National CoConvener, brought his Indy-Trailer to park beside our stall. Thanks also to Sheena Stephen and Neil Querns-Anderson who stayed in George Square looking after the stall while the rest of us were away on the march. 

Speakers included First Minister Humza Yousaf, Iona Soper, James Robertson, Jane McAllister, Pat Kane. Other celebrities who turned out included Martin Compston. Marlene Halliday, our esteemed National Treasurer, made a rousing and informative speech on behalf of Pensioners for Indy. She also got to walk along next to Martin Compston at the head of the March!

End Pensioner Poverty. Pensioners for Indy

We were joined by pro-Gaza marchers who chanted “Freedom for Palestine; Freedom for Scotland; Freedom for Everyone.” 

Our flags and T-shirts and Morag Simpson’s delicious fruit cakes flew off the Glasgow Pensioners for Indy stall. I sold a copy of my novel “Two Closes and a Referendum” and with donations we made £188.60.

Onward and Upward. There are at least a dozen more pro-indy marches planned for 2024 with the first (under the auspices of All Under One Banner) being again in Glasgow in a fortnight’s time, on May 4th.

Unfortunately the recording didn’t pick up Mary’s vote of thanks but it did get her very final words of the day. Let’s not forget them.


If you’d like to know more about how the thinking behind putting on this rally and what its aims are, have a look at our blog post Pensioners on the March!

Turns out Robert Littler of our Glasgow Group videoed all of Mary’s vote of thanks at the end of the Rally. Thank you, Robert!

Pensioners on the March, End Pensioner Poverty,

Pensioners on the March!

Pensioners on the March – Are your boots made for walkin’?

Cos it’s only three weeks till the Glasgow March & Rally on Saturday 20th April.

Scottish IndyPodcasters met up with Gordon McIntyre-Kemp of Believe in Scotland and Marlene Halliday, one of our members who will be speaking at the Rally. They told us all about their plans and in particular about the festive atmosphere they want to create for the whole event.

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PS If your boots, feet, knees, or hips are not for joining the March

…. then just come to George Square for the Rally. It’s easy to get there on public transport, the stalls will be there, there’s benches to sit on, and there’s lots of cafes nearby.

Sign up here to get updates on the event: March and Rally for an Independent Scotland And have a look at Believe in Scotland online shop.

Pensioners on the March… we’ll be back with news of the speakers and updates soon….

Chain of Freedom Pensioners for Independence

Chain of Freedom – We Did It!

Mary McCabe, of our Greater Glasgow group, organised our section on the Forth & Clyde Canal for the Chain of Freedom Event on 14th October. Here is her report back:

Mary writes:

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The Chain of Freedom on October 14th was more successful than we had dared to hope. And Pensioners for Indy played our part in it!

At the time I left the house to go to our allotted section 3E at Bishopbriggs, I had exactly 40 on my list. I was thinking well I don’t expect all 40 will actually turn up. If we get 25 that’ll be a good showing. In fact 54 turned up for our section! Not my figures: the count was carried out by Christian the official appointed steward for our section.

The weather was glorious and we looked and sounded cheery and lovely with our flags and banners strung along the bank of the gleaming canal.

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Rumours Are Spreading : Did Unionists try to sabotage the event?

Apparently there were  a few blank sections where nobody appeared. Mary heard that this was because Unionists (either human or bots) had registered by the hundred and filled up some of the sections thus stopping genuine activists from getting in. Next time – and there will be a next time of some kind – the organisers will be wise to the possibility of underhand tactics.


Thanks, Mary, to you and all your companions on Section 3E. Meanwhile on Section 2A at Knightswood and Clydebank in Glasgow more of our members were enjoying themselves. You’ll maybe recognise some of them in this clip.

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Our friends, Marlene and Fiona of the IndyPodcaster Team (they’re also members of Pensioners for Indy) have made this longer souvenir video of the event. It’s got more footage from Knightswood, some from near the Falkirk Wheel, from Bonnybridge, and from Kelvinhead, a drone’s eye view, and the Silent Clansman in his canoe!

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See you all next year! Because we’re sure the Chain of Freedom team are thinking about a possible follow-up event….