Scotland Decides: Crowd gathers at Holyrood

CROWDS have been gathering outside the Scottish Parliament this evening as voting continued in the Independence referendum.

Thursday, 18th September 2014, 6:13 pm
Crowds at the Scottish Parliament. Pic: Ian Georgeson

People from across the world were flocking to the building over the day and voters from both sides of the independence debate soaked up the atmosphere at Holyrood as the countdown to the results began.

Groups from Catalonia and Sardinia were among the yes supporters, having travelled to Scotland especially for the referendum.

Xavier Suarez, from Ibiza, said the referendum was a “historic day” for Europe.

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And Edinburgh College of Art student James McLeod parked his blue Fiat punto outside the parliament before painting “Yes” on it in white paint.

But not everyone was as enthused by the support for independence.

John Loughrey dressed from head to toe in the Union flag, having travelled from London in a bid to convince people to vote no.

He said: “Alex Salmond will lead the people of Scotland down the wrong path.”