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Dan is the man with united UK message in Leeds

Dan Snow outside the Leeds Art Gallery collects the signature of student Rhiannon Hope. Picture by Tony Johnson

Dan Snow outside the Leeds Art Gallery collects the signature of student Rhiannon Hope. Picture by Tony Johnson

PEOPLE in Leeds have joined some of the country’s best-known names in a rallying cry for Scotland to remain part of the UK.

Celebrities such as Sir Mick Jagger and Sir David Attenborough have signed an open letter to voters north of the border during the build-up to next month’s referendum.

It aims to highlight pro-union support in England, Wales and Northern Ireland with the message: “What unites us is much greater than what divides us. Let’s stay together.”

Today one of the men behind the initiative, TV historian Dan Snow, was in Leeds asking members of the public to add their signatures to the letter.

He set up shop outside Leeds Art Gallery with supporters including John Middleton, who plays Ashley Thomas in Emmerdale.

And Dan admitted he had been blown away by the reaction to the event, part of a tour that has already taken in visits to a string of locations in the Midlands and the South.

He told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “The response has been brilliant, the best of any region we have been to.

“I’ve been here for a couple of hours and it’s only just now that we’ve come across someone who wants Scotland to go it alone. The number of people signing the letter, though, has run into the hundreds. It’s been extremely heartening.”

Dan added: “This is a decision for the Scots to make – we just want to let them know how we feel.”

More than 50,000 members of the public have signed the letter, either online or at roadshow events such as the one held in Leeds today. Yorkshire-born celebrities backing the cause include Dame Judi Dench, Sir Michael Parkinson and Sir Patrick Stewart.

For details on how to sign the letter, visit the www.letsstaytogether.org.uk website.

 

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