Hands Across the Border is a community from across the United Kingdom building the ‘Auld Acquaintance’.
This is a stone cairn on the English-Scottish border which is being built by individuals and families as a testament to the Union.

Thank you


Hands Across The Border would like to say a huge thank you to all of our supporters for the part you have played in supporting the Union through the Auld Acquaintance Cairn. Thank you to everyone who came to Gretna to lay their stones, who donated to the campaign, or who volunteered their time. You have all played an important part in creating a beautiful structure and an historic monument. You brought stones from all over the United Kingdom, and from as far away as Burma, Texas and Western Australia. We estimate that there are now about 130,000 stones in the structure.

We are all delighted with the result of the referendum and that Scotland has voted for unity. Now is the time for everyone to reconcile their differences and create a stronger better Britain. Our great challenge now is to rebuild the positive sense of the British identity, which you have expressed so powerfully: to strengthen the links between Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and create firm foundations for the long future of the Union.

The Cairn will remain as a permanent monument to all that unites us across these islands, and people will continue to place their stones on it for many years to come, so please do come back and visit it whenever you are passing.


In Their Own Words: Lee’s Hill Primary School

“I love it.  The Loch is awesome.  It’s like a massive swimming pool.”IMG_5218

The students at Lee’s Hill Primary have been studying issues surrounding the referendum and looking at how land use changes over time.  Their teacher, Jill Simpson, says the kids have found it very difficult.  “What I’m trying to tell them,” Jill says, is “you can show how you feel. It’s right to have a choice.”

Listen to Jill and her adorable students in their own words.


In Their Own Words: Ryan’s Cake Factory, Glasgow

IMG_4800“We deliver cakes all over.  What the country is about is having a wee bit of tongue in cheek, but not always being serious.  I think just now it’s about not taking anything for granted.”

Everyone’s always happy when they eat cake.  Ryan McCormack stopped in to see us on his way home to Glasgow from a business trip in York.  Click to hear about Ryan’s factory, in his own words.



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