We’ll leave the competing estimates of numbers to the organisers and the Scottish media. What matters the most is that there certainly seems to have been a modestly respectable turnout for the first independence rally in Edinburgh.
(Which is an all the more commendable showing given that the march isn’t part of the official YesScotland campaign and was very poorly publicised until the last 48 hours.)
Happily, this wee fella wasn’t on his own.
Starting to gather at the Meadows.
A pretty impressive procession down George IV Bridge.
Stretching down the Mound. Good old Instagram.
Passing the National Portrait Gallery. (Which is gorgeous, by the way.)
The white t-shirt reads “Thank you, United Kingdom, but we’ll take it from here”.
“Get yer coat, ye’ve pulled.”
Marchers reach the junction with Princes St. Watch out for trams!
Into the gardens to hear the speakers.
Seems like a good deal.
Also featured: some honourable people whose party won’t speak for them.
Standing room only. Someone’s still using a 2 megapixel camera, bless ‘em.
A warm reception for (we think) the First Minister.
And the view from behind the FM.
There is, of course, much online sniping from the No camp already, as well as some feeble attempts at sabotage of the event itself. (Not condemned by Unionists, naturally.) But remember – the Better Together “blitz” didn’t set a very high bar, and so far it looks as if the nationalists have cleared it carrying an elephant in diver’s boots.