Borders friendship cairn backed by Joanna Lumley

A cairn is being built in Gretna to symbolise the friendship between England and Scotland.

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Joanna Lumley - 'Nothing can divide us'

Another high profile figure has come out in support of the NO campaign against Scottish independence.

Joanna Lumley, who has a house in Dumfriesshire, laid a stone at the Union Cairn in Gretna. The cairn was the idea of Penrith and the Border MP Rory Stewart. He wants it to symbolise the bond between Scotland and England. People from both sides of the Border leave stones, and messages of support.

Foundation stone for "friendship" cairn is laid

A cairn representing the links between England and Scotland was begun today.

The cairn is the idea of Cumbrian MP Rory Stewart who's been campaigning to persuade Scottish people to vote 'No' in the independence referendum on 18 September.

The 'Yes' campaign have welcomed the cairn but say it will stand as 'a symbol of the continued social union and friendship' between Scotland and the rest of the UK should there be a 'yes' vote.

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Cairn of "friendship" to be built in Gretna

The foundation stone for a cairn is being laid in Gretna that those opposed to Scottish Independence hope will become a symbol of the links between Scotland and England.

People are being invited to place a stone on the cairn, called The Auld Acquaintance, to show their support for the friendship between the two nations.

The Yes Campaign, which wants the people of Scotland to support independence in September's referendum, said that Scotland and England would be friends even if Scotland left the UK.

The Auld Acquaintance is a traditional circular dry-stone structure and people are invited to bring their own stone, or use traditional slate, lime and sand stones supplied on-site.

Dry-stone wallers from both sides of the border will be working on the construction, which has been designed by architect Paul Jakulis in a bend of the River Sark - the precise borderline between Scotland and England - next to Scotland's First House.

"Please join us in this very special project on the English-Scottish border at Gretna Green. We are inviting individuals and families from across the UK to bring their favourite stone - or to use the stones we will be supplying - to work with us and build what we're calling The Auld Acquaintance. The Auld Acquaintance will be built in the great traditional British tradition of a stone cairn, a statement of our respect, our love, our affection for the United Kingdom."

– Rory Stewart MP, Conservative Penrith and The Border

I welcome the cairn celebrating friendship between Scotland and England. Scotland and England will be friends whether there's a yes or a no vote. We're not going anywhere and will continue to be friends.

– Joan McAlpine MSP, Scottish National Party South Scotland

Statue to be built to build campaign support

Penrith and the Border MP Rory Stewart is launching a project to build support for the No Campaign in September's referendum on Scottish independence.

He wants to build a giant cairn of stones from all over the country - including from north of the border - on land near Gretna, which he says will represent the union between Scotland and England.

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