Referendum countdown: Busy start to final weekend of campaigning

Nicola Sturgeon says Yes have the momentum
Nicola Sturgeon says Yes have the momentum
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The last weekend before the referendum has seen both sides step up their bid to win over undecided voters.

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who has been campaigning in Glasgow, said momentum was still with the Yes campaign.

Thousands attended the Orange Order rally yesterday and listened to speeches backing the Union. Picture: Robert Perry

Thousands attended the Orange Order rally yesterday and listened to speeches backing the Union. Picture: Robert Perry

This weekend will see over 35,000 Yes volunteers across the country at 473 registered street stalls and 2.6 million leaflets delivered in 48 hours.

She said: “The Yes campaign has been carried along by a flourishing of self-confidence among people in Scotland.

“That momentum is still growing and will soon become unstoppable, as people reject the Downing Street-orchestrated campaign to talk Scotland down.

“Today thousands of Yes supporters from communities across Scotland will be running the biggest campaign day of action Scotland’s ever seen.”

For the No camp, Labour big-hitters former prime minister Gordon Brown and Shadow Scottish secretary Margaret Curran have been addressing voters in the east of the country.

Elsewhere, the Orange Order held a ‘Proud to be British’ rally in Edinburgh in support of the union.

They gathered in the Meadows to hear speeches by grand masters and senior figures from around the UK, before setting off past some of Edinburgh’s most famous landmarks.

They also passed the Scottish Parliament and the Palace of Holyroodhouse as supporters cheered them on and cried ‘No’ to Scottish independence.

In a speech ahead of the march, Grand Chaplain Henry Williamson said: “In a world of instability, a world of insecurity, a world of nuclear proliferation, of radical Islam, people look to the UK as a land of hope, a land of peace, of success and unity and an example if what they so desperately long for - unity not stupidity, unity not division, unity not separation, unity not them and us.