It is with much regret and sadness that I have discovered that Jeff Duncan passed away on his beloved Island of Sanday in July of this year. He had asked that his passing was not to be widely publicised.
Jeff was one of the unsung heroes of the independence movement. There is to be a remembrance, in the Black Watch club Artherstone Terrace Dundee on the 11 November at 12 o’clock midday until three in the afternoon the occasion will be led by Alex Salmond. There will be refreshments and the bar will be open
Allan Hendry & Anne McMillan who were great friends of Jeffs’ are organising the event and I am hoping that many independence supporters will attend.
Jeff was a Dundee lad, brought up in Kirkton and Ardler . He first came to prominence in the early 2000’s when he led the fight to save the Scottish regiments. This fight was taken up by the SNP and it is thought that this propelled them to the election successes which followed on from that campaign. Jeff served in the Black Watch.
Jeff an avowed socialist was brought up in the Dundee where anyone who had a Labour label would be elected. He did however always espouse the vision of an independent Scotland and joined the SNP.
It was Jeff and Anne who organised the hugely successful Rallies in Edinburgh in 2012 and 2013. The 2013 one being the largest independence rally ever with over 30,000 attendees.
It was during the arrangements for these rallies that I got to know Jeff, as my family donated coaches to take people through to Edinburgh from Dundee. I found Jeff to be an honest up front sort of guy, whose only goal was to, in some way assist the fight for independence.
He like me left the SNP because of differences of opinions as to how they were addressing the independence question, but he, again like me, always looked upon them as being the most viable conduit to independence, although having lost their way on that particular road.
Eventually Jeff joined Solidarity which was where his and my political opinions diverged, but we always kept in touch and he was a constant ally in the fight to have a true road map to independence laid out by the SNP. He was also a constant means of support in the many exchanges I have had on the subject of SNP strategy on the independence question.
He will be sadly missed as will his intellect, in the fight for independence.
Please come along to the Black Watch club and join Anne, Allan and Alex to remember an unsung hero of the independence movement Jeff Duncan.
The Yes Bus team together with our piper Ian will be there to remember a Dundee laddie.