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Scots tourists in London join protest at Supreme Court for indyref2 case

A RETIRED Scots couple who travelled to London for a West End show visited the Supreme Court on Tuesday morning to express their support for independence.

Frances Brown, 69, and her partner David Connelly, 68, came down for the David Tennant play Good, at the Harold Pinter Theatre and, as passionate Yessers, decided to come to the court to show their support for independence activists pitched outside the building.

David, originally from England, is a Tottenham Hotspurs fan and was also looking forward to supporting his team when they face off against Eintracht Frankfurt on Wednesday.

Brown said: “We’re down in London today to go to a show tonight, called Good, written by a friend of mine from Glasgow – CP Taylor, sadly dead now, and also to go to the football because he’s a Tottenham supporter, he’s an English Scots for Yes person.

“We were talking about what we were going to do during the day and we remembered today’s the Supreme Court day so we thought this is where we want to be. It was good timing.”

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Asked if she was optimistic of the Scottish Government’s chances in the legal battle to secure a second referendum, Brown added: “We’re optimistic either way, we’re going to get independence some time soon. I joined the SNP when I was 14, so I’m fed up waiting.”

The pair had moved back from Central America in 2014 specifically so they could vote in the independence poll – managing to secure a place on the electoral register with just days to spare before registration closed.

Connelly said: “We moved to Scotland in 2014 so we could be part of the referendum.”

Brown added: “I was determined to get back for that because we’d been living in Belize.

“We were on the doorstep of the electoral registration office with two days to spare, waiting for them to open at nine o’clock. I was so determined.”

The outcome of the case is not expected for some months to come, with judges having to consider around 8000 documents as well as the oral arguments made on Tuesday and Wednesday.

But Brown’s message to Yessers was simple: “Keep believing, whatever the outcome is.”



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