Thousands pack Royal Mile for pro-independence march

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A massive march in support of Scottish independence has seen thousands of people pack the length of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.

The All Under One Banner event began near Edinburgh Castle at 1pm on Saturday before making its way down the famous thoroughfare towards Holyrood Park.

Conservative estimates put the attendance in the tens of thousands, although there has been no official confirmation.

Linda Hamilton, from Glasgow, was one of those who took part.

Yes flags
Yes flags blow in the wind as the campaigners march down the Royal Mile (Jane Barlow/PA)

Bob McKendrie, 67, originally from Dumfries but now living near Hull, said: “Westminster should listen to us, we’ve been ignored for too long – we want our independence.”

A small number of union-supporting counter protesters were on the Royal Mile as the pro-independence crowds walked past.

They shouted they are proud to be “Scottish and British”.

Police Scotland said there had been no reports of any disturbances.

Pro-indy rally
The march ended at Holyrood Park, where a rally took place featuring speeches and live bands (Jane Barlow/PA)

She added: “It just proves that we all agree on the same thing. There were a few unionists back at the top there, but there’s only about 20 of them compared to how many we’ve got here.”

Scotland in Union chief executive Pamela Nash said: “Poll after poll shows that a majority of Scots don’t want a divisive and unnecessary second independence referendum.

“Those marching in Edinburgh are not representative of Scotland, and they are talking to nobody but themselves. The organisers should also be ashamed of the way they have attacked Historic Environment Scotland staff for doing their job.

Unionist counter-protesters
Supporters of the union said they are proudly Scottish and British (Jane Barlow/PA)

Bands, bikers, people in fancy dress and countless Saltire flags were all part of the march towards Holyrood.

Those who gathered in the park listened to speeches and live music performances.

Others scaled Arthur’s Seat to get a better view of the event.

Pro-indy rally
The march began near Edinburgh Castle (PA)

A spokesman for the Scottish Government body said: “Our position on use of the park for any rally after the march remains the same. It has not been overruled by Police Scotland.

“To confirm, we have not given permission for the set-up of stalls, staging, branding and other static presence within Holyrood Park.”

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