Visitors to Corby Highland Gathering vote to keep the Union

Visitors to Corby Highland Gathering who took part in a mock referendum on Scottish independence voted to keep the Union.

Des Barber of Corby Radio, who acted as returning officer, announced the result to cheers from the crowd.

Massed bands at Corby's Highland Gathering

Massed bands at Corby's Highland Gathering

A total of 576 people cast their votes with 162 in favour of independence and 414 voting against.

John Leslie, originally from Glasgow but who now lives in Gretton, said: “I voted against an independent Scotland. Absolutely no. It’s the wrong way to go. It just doesn’t make sense.”

Conor Tailby, 21, of Blake Road, Corby, said; “It was a no vote from me. Britain will be a better place by staying together.”

Ros Stoddart added: “I voted no. I’m proud of my Scottish heritage but we have to stay together to make a difference.”

Shadow Scottish Secretary Margaret Curran was at the gathering on Sunday (July 13) at the Charter Field to make the case for Scotland to remain part of the UK.

She said: “Alex Salmond wanted to turn this referendum into a debate between Scotland and England, but he has failed. Most Scots have friends and family who live in the rest of the UK – it doesn’t feel like a foreign country and they don’t want it to become one. Over the past 300 years we have built bonds of family and friendship that have strengthened the union.

“Scots here in Corby don’t have a vote, but they do have a view, and it’s right they make it heard. Thousands of people, particularly in Glasgow and Lanarkshire, will have relatives who moved to Corby and they want to hear what they have to say. I hope today they vote for the UK to remain united.

“The majority of people across Scotland know that turning our backs on Britain means turning our backs on people here in Corby, in Liverpool, in Newcastle or Cardiff. People we have lots in common with, and many who are Scots themselves. The majority of Scots don’t want what the Nationalists want – to cut every political tie with people here in Corby and across the UK. We want to carry on working together.”

Corby MP Andy Sawford is the result of the mock referendum was fantastic.

He said: “It was a bit of fun, but also a chance for Corby people to express to Scotland their views and hopes for the future.”

Everyone over the age of 16, the referendum voting age, received a ballot paper at the gathering.

Voting in the real referendum on September 18, is restricted to residents of Scotland.