VIDEO: Scottish Independence - Saltire flies above Harrogate

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The Saltire is flying above Harrogate as part of the council’s bid to urge a ‘no’ vote in the Scottish Independence Referendum.

The Mayor of Harrogate, who hails from Arbroath on Scotland’s North-East coast, joined Harrogate Borough Council Leader Richard Cooper to hoist the flag high above the authority’s Crescent Gardens base.

It is believed to be the first time in history that Scotland’s flag has flown above Crescent Gardens.

The council is joining other authorities across England in flying the Saltire to urge Scots to vote ‘no’ in the Independence Referendum on Thursday, September 18.

Scots will vote yes or no to the question: “Should Scotland be an independent country?”

Coun Clark told the Harrogate Advertiser Series: “This is a display of the affection the people of the Harrogate district have for the Scots.

“I have lived here for the last 17 years, and I have been made very welcome.
“I think there are great advantages to being one United Kingdom, but at the same time recognising the unique identity of Scotland.”

Coun Richard Cooper, Leader of Harrogate Borough Council said: “I am sure I speak on behalf of all councillors when I say that we want Scotland to remain part of the United Kingdom.

“We have the honour of an Arbroath man as our Mayor.

“Jim Clark’s activity as a Scottish First Citizen of our English Borough reminds all of us on a daily basis of our shared history and the value of a shared future.”

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Mayor of the Harrogate Borough Coun Jim Clark with Leader of Harrogate Borough Council Coun Richard Cooper.

Mayor of the Harrogate Borough Coun Jim Clark with Leader of Harrogate Borough Council Coun Richard Cooper.

Crescent Gardens, Harrogate

Crescent Gardens, Harrogate