Granarchists urge young to use their vote

Berwickshire's Granarchists (politically active retired ladies) hit the streets of Duns to persuade youngsters to register to vote.
Berwickshire's Granarchists (politically active retired ladies) hit the streets of Duns to persuade youngsters to register to vote.

Berwickshire’s 21st century version of the suffragettes are taking to the streets of Duns and Eyemouth to persuade young people how important it is to use their vote.

The Berwickshire Granarchists are a group of retired ladies with a political voice and lots of energy who have united to oppose austerity and cuts, inequality and poverty. Their latest mission is to help youngsters to register to vote.

Wearing sashes reminiscent of those worn by the Suffragettes the intrepid grannies were in Duns Square last Wednesday with placards and stickers at the start of their five week campaign to encourage young people to register to vote.

“Nearly everyone our age is registered and wouldn’t dream of not voting, it’s ingrained,” said Granarchist Kate Duncan.

“It’s young people that are our target. They’re much less likely to be registered and less likely to vote.

“They’re the future, the reason we’re out here and why we recruited 17 year old Caitlin as our mascot and honorary Granarchist for this campaign.”

Berwickshire High School pupils Caitlin Foulis is enthusiastic about having the vote: “16 years olds in Scotland have the right to vote and I’m glad I’ve a say about the kind of country I want to live in.

“I’m also really glad the Granarchists asked me to join their campaign. They might be that wee bit eccentric but I like that they just go for what they believe in.’

Granarchist Alison Currie added: ‘We’re not saying how anyone should vote, just that you have the right to and this is how to do it. We’ve made two badges - one with the website address and one with the QR code to register on your smartphone. It’s easy, even for an old Granarchist.”

The Use Your Vote campaign will run until Easter with Granarchist teams in Eyemouth and Duns. Voter registration closes on Friday, April 18, so if you don’t meet a Granarchist go to www.gov.uk/register­to­vote