A FARMER and newspaper columnist is coming to West Linton next week to talk about Brexit and its effects on farming.

Alec Ross from Stranraer will be the guest speaker at a public meeting at St Andrew’s New Church Hall at 7.30pm on February 21.

His talk will be followed by a break for refreshments and a question and answer session.

The meeting is being sponsored by Yes Linton, a new pro-independence group which has been established in the village.

The group describes itself as a non-party organisation which is part of a number of others around Scotland dedicated to preparing for a future independence referendum, whenever that might be.

At its recent meeting, the group discussed a draft constitution, drawn up by local man Colin Torrance. It will be finalised at the next meeting in March.

The group also began the process of drawing up its own manifesto which will deal both with national issues of independence and local matters – one case being the future of the Village Centre where Yes Linton meets.

A spokesperson from Yes Linton said: “We have had several meetings already and though we are still in the early days of existence, it is clear that there are plenty of people with the enthusiasm and commitment to put the case for Yes to the people of West Linton and the surrounding area.

“Obviously this area is dependent on farming and farmers, so we are delighted to sponsor the event next week and hope that as many people as possible can come along to hear Alec Ross’s considered views on Brexit and its impact on farming and consumers.”

All are welcome to come along to the free event.