The question was asked and people responded, from all over Scotland and further afield they came, united as one to shout, “Hands Off Our Parliament”, “Whose Parliament was the question” “Ours” came the response, the noise was stupendous and the hairs on this reporter’s arms stood erect as the chorus from 3000 voices took hold.
Why had 3000 people gathered at Holyrood on a blustery Friday in March to send a resounding message south to Westminster, your power grab is not welcome here.
In the week where the Continuity bill was passed overwhelmingly in The Scottish Parliament the message of intent was shored up by people of all ages from teenagers to octogenarians they confirmed the fact that people are worried, it’s not just politicians point scoring, people are stating, Westminster your intentions have been rumbled and they are not welcome here.
A full day of speakers and music were scheduled to keep the crowds entertained and informed and just to add to the carnival atmosphere the sun in Scotland shone helping the glowing smiles on happy faces stay in place.
I spoke to Cliff Serbie who outlined the point of the day’s event.
We were also lucky enough to catch up with Ruth Watson from the campaign group Keep Scotland the Brand who told us about the importance of brand Scotland with her passion clearly on show, apologies for the wind noise at the start but the noise only lasts for a couple of seconds.
The crowds were also treated to a visual delight when a contingent of bikers drove past.
Here is a slide show featuring some of Friday’s highlights.