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Villagers near Chester are getting in on the Scottish independence debate by displaying Saltires alongside Union flags.

Mollington may not have a vote in Thursday’s referendum but its residents want to send a message that they would love their northern neighbours to say ‘no’ to independence and ‘aye’ to staying in the United Kingdom.

Fiona Young, coordinator of Mollington’s ‘Stay Together’ campaign, said: “Mollington is a small semi-rural village and is very much like thousands of other villages nationwide. We are concerned by the knife-edge referendum vote and want to say to the ordinary citizens of Scotland – you’ve heard the politicians, now you need to know that the ordinary people of England, Wales and Northern Ireland are proud to be in the United Kingdom with the people of Scotland and want Scotland to stay.”

Angus and Olga MacSween, of Mollington, both hope Scotland remains part of the UK. Angus moved to England in 1964 and to the village in 1978. His wife Olga, moved from Kiev in 2000.
 

To show support for the ‘Stay Together’ campaign, householders in the Cheshire village have put up more than 60 Union flags and Saltires on their gateposts, hedges and walls. And campaigners urge anyone wanting to show support for Scotland staying in the UK to display a Union flag in a window, at home or at work.

Alternatively, wear a pair of Union Jack cuff links or attach a Union Jack to the top of the computer screen, says organiser Fiona, of Grove Road, a mother-of-three, who has a Scottish name and whose husband’s paternal grandparents were Scottish and from Edinburgh.

She added: “Right up until the poll closes on Thursday evening, it is not too late for the ordinary citizens of the UK to show that they want Scotland to stay part of the United Kingdom. This is not an economic argument but one based on our shared history, friendship and respect for Scotland.”

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