Corby to get Scottish independence vote

Dave Hadden and Mark Pengelly
Dave Hadden and Mark Pengelly

A Scottish independence vote is to be held in Corby.

Visitors and competitors at Corby Highland Gathering are to take part in a mock referendum on Scottish independence.

Only people over the age of 16, the referendum voting age, will be charged admission to the event on Sunday, July 13, and will each be given a ballot paper to register a Yes or a No on the big issue.

Voting in the real referendum on September 18, is restricted to residents of Scotland, leaving ex-pat Scots in Corby, known as Little Scotland, without a say in the matter.

So gathering organisers decided to give Corby people a chance to air their views.

The chieftain, who has still to be announced, will act as returning officer and the votes will be counted, announced and published on the Highland Gathering’s Facebook page.

One of the event’s organisers, Cllr Mark Pengelly, said: “The mock referendum will be a bit of fun and the only vote on the issue taking place in England.

“The gathering is a non-political event but if the Better Together no campaign or the Yes campaigners want to pay for a stall at the event, they’re more than welcome to.

“If I was Scottish I’d vote for independence.”

Dave Haddon of Haddon’s butchers in The Jamb, a supporter of the Highland Gathering whose parents moved to Corby from Scotland, said: “If I could, I’d vote for independence.”

The Highland Gathering is being held at Charter Field in Corby Old Village and the polling station will be open from 9am until 4pm.

The event will feature all the usual attractions including the Highland dancing and pipe band competitions.