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Independence: family shares memories of Home Rule fights in the 1970s

As part of a new monthly column devoted to the Yesteryear Yes movement, The National asked readers to submit photographs and memorabilia from the independence campaign that took place long before the 2014 referendum.

We’ve found that many younger readers understand the conversation about independence through the lens of indyref, but it’s important to celebrate the people who worked decades before the vote.

For the Yesterday We’ve also brought to light some incredible old footage of people who played key roles in the struggle for independence from politics and the media, starting last month with a popular selection of clips of Margo MacDonald’s work in the 1970s.

For those who wish to submit their own keepsakes – whether it’s photos of people on marches, old flags, badges, T-shirts, flyers, whatever you have – there will be a link to the end of this article.

READ MORE: The best moments of Margo MacDonald fighting for Scottish independence in the 1970s

For today’s article, reader Stephen Malloy submitted this photo of his brother Jeff, around 10, wearing his Home Rule for Scotland t-shirt in the early 1970s.

“My younger brother Jeff Malloy is about 10 years old in this photo. My mom, 90 and still going strong, has been a longtime SNP supporter and bought it for him,” he told The National .

The National:

“Sadly, we lost Jeff a few months before the 2014 referendum. He would have been devastated by Scotland’s failure to vote for Indy, but I’m sure he’s still here, somewhere, wishing and hoping for it. ‘independence.

Stephen said his brother’s enthusiasm for independence inspired those who knew him at a time when “it was not popular opinion.”

The reader, a decades-long supporter of independence, explained how the movement has changed in recent years.

READ MORE: SavantaComRes Independence Survey: Support for Yes and SNP very high

For him, the best memory of the independence movement was “the discovery of the many sources of information that the explosion of social networks has triggered”.

“For so many years the country has been subjected to a carefully tailored and slanted media advising Scotland that we will hopelessly fail as an independent nation,” Stephen explained.

“Suddenly we had a bunch of smart commentators, tweeters, bloggers, FaceBookers explaining, with facts, that the mainstream story of ‘too small, too poor, too stupid’ was nonsense.

“The genie was finally out of the bottle.”

If you would like to submit your story and photos for the next month Yesterday feature, follow this link.

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Teresa R. Cabrera

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