Taylor pupils have referendum say at Hydro

Taylor High school pupils, left to right, Anthony Blair, Lewis Shields and Sana Sabir.
Taylor High school pupils, left to right, Anthony Blair, Lewis Shields and Sana Sabir.

Thousands of first time voters had their say on the referendum issues when they descended on the SSE Hydro in Glasgow for the BBC’s Big, Big Debate

Among them were three pupils from Taylor High School in New Stevenston who got the opportunity to question panel members.

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and the Green Party’s Patrick Harvie put the case for the Yes campaign while Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson and Respect MP George Galloway spoke up for No in the televised debate.

Taylor’s Anthony Blair has a famous namesake and the sixth year pupil certainly enjoyed his experience of the big political stage.

Anthony said: “On September 18 the Scottish people have the chance to decide on their future. We can become an independent country by voting yes or vote no and remain part of a 300-year-old United Kingdom.

“As a 17-year-old, it is a great experience to take part in this. The atmosphere around our community is electric!”

S5 pupil Sana Sabir said: “I enjoyed being part of Scotland’s history by going to ‘The Big, Big Debate’ to experience the different views about the Scottish referendum.

“It was a great opportunity for 16 and 17-year-olds of Scotland as it is our the first time voting for Scotland’s future.”

Lewis Shields, of S6, added: “It is a privilege to be part of this generation of first time voters, to know that the future of the nation is in our hands also.

“It has been a great experience learning more and more as the time marched on.”

More on the referendum in this week’s Times & Speaker, out tomorrow, a day before the big vote.