River City star moving back to Scotland to join campaign for independence


  Scots soap actor Adam Robertson has taken a dramatic, life-changing decision to ensure he plays a part in what he believes is the biggest opportunity in the history of his native land.
Fans of the River City will know Dr Dan Hunter from Shieldinch, but in real life, Robertson has been living in South Wales with his young family but is in the throes of moving them to Scotland to get closer to the independence campaign.

The original agreement was for the Robertsons to move to Scotland if there is a Yes vote, but Adam’s wife Anna soberingly quipped that it would be unfair for the rest of Scotland “to do the hard work”. Since then, he’s been winning over undecideds, including his mother.

Adam, a 40-year-old originally from Thurso, in Caithness, said: “It wasn’t an easy decision for the family to sell up and move to Scotland. After all, we liked it in Wales – it wasn’t a bad place to live and it is exceptionally good for surfing, but when my children grow up, I want them to know I voted Yes.”

“I was already spending half of my time in Scotland for filming and in my spare time I went to quite a few public meetings, he said. “I even had time to convince my mum to vote Yes by showing her that her pension would be safe and that the NHS in Scotland will be protected.

“My wife and I agreed that we’d move to Scotland if there was a Yes vote, but then she joked with me that it would be unfair for me to let everyone else do the hard work, so we’re coming up for the campaign itself.

“The prospect of continued austerity with a No vote is worrying. I think it”s unfair that nurses, single mums and firemen are being asked to pay for something they didn”t cause.”

Robertson, who left his native Thurso 20 years ago for drama school in London, hasn’t always been a Yes voter, but describes himself as a democrat who moved to Yes after realising that Scotland seldom gets the government it votes for.

He said: “I’ve lived in the rest of the UK for the last 20 years and, to be honest, I didn’t know or hear enough about independence. I thought, surely this amount of people working together must be a good thing. In London, people don”t really care about the debate, it’s a bit like us being interested in Boris.
“I come from a working class background and I started to think about how an independent Scotland would produce a different type of government. There have been 14 elections in my time and 11 have produced a government Scotland didn’t vote for. So that pushed me to a maybe. Then on a holiday to the Hebrides, I questioned how these people, far enough away from Holyrood, could be effectively governed from Westminster.”

Adam is taking part in the Edinburgh Festival play 3000 Trees by George Gunn, the story of the mysterious gunshot death of political activist Willie MacRae on a quiet highland road in 1985.

The family has been living in the Mumbles, a coastal area close to Swansea where they have been running a restaurant serving home-cooked food with local produce and Adam hopes to open another in an independent Scotland. The Welsh business is on the market and the family plan to move to Scotland in the next week, he explained.

“I’ve yet to hear convincing arguments from No.” said Adam. “I’m not worried about my business in the slightest. People will buy and sell wherever they find themselves – business is global and brand Scotland will expand exponentially. We have a brand already; imagine having the full powers of independence behind us to manage that incredible brand.

“Creative decisions in Scotland are tied to London. Look at Denmark; they have a budget of £50 million for films, whereas we have only £5 million. Culturally we are rich, but we’re being hammered creatively.

“The prospect of continued austerity with a No vote is worrying. I think it”s unfair that nurses, single mums and fireman are being asked to pay for something they didn’t cause. My vote is up for grabs in 2016 and I”m looking forward to reading Labour, SNP and Green policies for that election.

Other River City actors Carmen Pieraccini who plays Kelly Marie, and Keira Lucchesi who plays Stella Adams, also recently revealed their support for Yes Scotland.