As part of a nationwide series of Purple Picnics at the beach the Edinburgh Yes to Fairer Votes campaign joined hundreds of campaigners across the UK in an awareness raising event at some of the nation’s favourite beach. Electoral Reform campaigners from Devon to the North of Scotland took part in building Yeses bigger than the Royal Wedding.
The Edinburgh Yes to Fairer Votes group met at Portobello Beach on Easter Sunday to raise awareness of the upcoming referendum on 5th May and about the advantages of the Alternative Vote voting system. Whilst creating the 25 foot high beach sand display the group met many members of the public, all keen to find out what we were up to!
We spoke to one chap (and his lovely dog) who had already sent in his vote of ‘Yes’ by post last week and was pleased to see us working hard to get the message out to the undecided public.
A very lively conversation was had with another young man who was not yet convinced the AV system would work for the UK. He hadn’t yet made up his mind how he would vote on 5th May but he sure did go away with a lot of food for thought and, hopefully, a clearer idea of how AV might help the UK become more diplomatic. A fun day out was had by all the volunteers (and their families!).
The sun was shining, the sea was sparkling and we all enjoyed digging and building in the sand. We were even joined by baby Jack who helped out by directing our efforts whilst pottering around eating some of the delicious purple Yes to Fairer Votes cakes brought along by The display took two and a half hours to create including breaks to chat with people strolling the promenade or to enjoy a cuppa and a cake.
Our day out was even covered by the Edinburgh Reporter.