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Scotland will not wait until independence day to strengthen Scotland’s relationship with the north of England and celebrate ‘the ties that bind the nations of these islands’ following this September’s referendum on independence.

In a St George’s Day speech delivered in the shadow of Carlisle Cathedral, First Minister Alex Salmond told the invited audience of business people that a successful Scotland will become a new beacon of growth to the north, shifting the centre of economic gravity of these islands and preventing the flow of power, wealth and talent flow downhill to the south east.

‘Yes Scotland’ and ‘Better Together’ have today (23 April 2014) been designated by the Electoral Commission as the two lead campaigners for each outcome at the Scottish Independence Referendum, which is due to be held on 18 September this year.

The two campaigners will now have access to specific benefits set out in law during the regulated ‘referendum period’ which begins on 30 May. These include a spending limit of £1.5 million, a free delivery of campaign material to voters, referendum broadcasts and the use of public rooms.

VENUES and musicians are invited to take part in the TMSA Homecoming 2014 Traditional Music and Song Sessions programme. Funded by Homecoming Scotland 2014 and Creative Scotland, this national programme of sessions will take place across Scotland from late Spring to December.

Organisers, the Traditional Music & Song Association (TMSA) are looking for sessions to happen in many different venues in many different locations. Interested people and venues need to register via the website – www.tmsa.org.uk.

  Newsnet Scotland took a trip to the Helix Park in Falkirk to see the phenomema that are the Kelpies.  Below are several images that give a flavour of just how magnificent these works of art really are.
 
Crowds flocked to the venue to take advantage of the brilliant sunshine and to marvel at the awe-inspiring structures that have captured the public's imagination.

Actor, author and poet Alan Bissett talks about British Nationalism and the independence debate.
 
A Yes vote means the people have demanded a better country, regardless of who is in power following independence, he tells the audience.

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