Michael Gove MP has invited individuals, families and communities from across the United Kingdom to bring stones and help to build a great cairn, as a striking and lasting symbol of their commitment to Scotland as part of the United Kingdom. The project is being launched on Sunday July 20th along the Scottish Border, and will continue every day for the following eight weeks, in the lead up to the Scottish referendum on September 18th.
The cairn will be built in a field just off the M6 at Gretna, on the England-Scotland border. Families and individuals from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland are encouraged to bring their own stones if possible to add to the cairn. There will, however, also be English and Scottish stones available on the border site. Participants are being encouraged to put their own personal touch on a monument which will highlight their commitment to the Union.
People are invited to attend at any point in the lead up to the referendum, and can find out further details on directions, planning and local accommodation at handsacrosstheborder.co.uk.
Michael Gove MP said:
“This is a marvellously symbolic event that will symbolise the fantastic success of our 300-year-old union.”