A grand day greeted the ‘Yes’ marchers from all over Scotland as they gathered in Edinburgh for the first of three planned annual rallies.
The Meadows gradually filled to the sound of Capital disco playing all the favourites from their special double decker bus. The march set off to the sound of the pipes and drums playing Scotland the Brave. What else.
The 30 strong Oban contingent massed at the front and set off to Princess St Gardens via the mound. The snake was well over a mile long as the march passed the original parliament offices on the Royal mile.
Greeted in the gardens by host for the day ..singer and writer Pat Kane of Hue and Cry then entertained and enriched by speakers including First Minister Alex Salmond, Margo MacDonald MSP, writer and broadcaster, Ruth Wishart, a recent convert, and Patrick Harvie MSP from the Green Party.
Music and speeches were well recieved by the large crowd….probably a little less than the 10,000 hoped for…but not by much…and the campaign has begun for real!
Accompanying photographs by Campbell Cameron