Salmond’s 2014 bonanza

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Alex Salmond was today launching the first phase of the Homecoming 2014 programme of events, including a huge flotilla to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Forth Road Bridge.

Europe’s biggest brass band festival, an all-star concert to herald the opening of the Ryder Cup and a dramatic re-enactment of the Battle of Bannockburn are also planned.

The First Minister revealed details of about 100 events during a visit to Hopetoun House, in South Queensferry.