Better Together Group launch

The Better Together Angus launch took place in the Old and Abbey hall on Monday evening. Pictured are the top table and guests, who are, from left, back - Martyn Geddes, Margaret Thomson and David May: front - Alex Johnston, Ian Ballantyne, Rev Martin Fair, Jenny Marra, Sanjay Samani and Jim Black.
The Better Together Angus launch took place in the Old and Abbey hall on Monday evening. Pictured are the top table and guests, who are, from left, back - Martyn Geddes, Margaret Thomson and David May: front - Alex Johnston, Ian Ballantyne, Rev Martin Fair, Jenny Marra, Sanjay Samani and Jim Black.

The Better Together Angus group which is campaigning for Scotland to stay in the UK was officially launched in Arbroath on Monday night.

At an event in the Old and Abbey Church hall, local campaigners set out the case for Scotland staying part of the UK.

People attending the meeting heard from the guest speakers and were invited to take part in a question and answer session.

The meeting was chaired by minister the Reverend Martin Fair of St Andrew’s Church in Arbroath, who played the same role as neutral chair at hustings meetings in recent years.

One of the organisers of the launch was Arbroath East and Conservative councillor Martyn Geddes.

He said: “We’ve been really looking forward to the official launch of Better Together Angus.

“We know there is strong local support for our campaign and, even prior to the official launch, we’ve had a really positive response.

“However, we’re certainly not being complacent. We need everyone in Angus who wants Scotland to stay within the United Kingdom to get involved in the campaign, and the launch event is a great way to learn how to do that.”

Meanwhile grassroots organiser of the Better Together campaign Rob Murray, was also positive.

He added: “The response we have already been getting from people in Angus has been fantastic; so many local people have expressed their support and wish to remain in the UK. This launch is a chance for local people to get involved in the campaign for a strong Scotland in the UK.”