Referendum Day: Provost impressed by voter turnout

Falkirk Provost Pat Reid said the voter turnout for today’s referendum on Scottish indpendence was the biggest he had witnessed on a polling day “by a mile”.

The provost was canvassing on behalf of Labour’s No Thanks campaign outside the Leishman Tower polling place, which is part of his council ward.

The polling place at Bantaskin Primary School

The polling place at Bantaskin Primary School

It is normally one of the busiest polling stations in the Falkirk district and was still doing brisk business at 2 p.m.

“Usually, the period from 1-4 p.m. is the quietest of any polling day,” said Mr Reid.

Also at Leishman Tower was Steve Kelly, representing Yes.

“This is the first political campaign I’ve been involved in,” he said. “It’s been great to see so many people engaged in the debate. Everyone is trying to get behind what’s best for Scotland.”

PIC LISA FERGUSON 03/09/2014'Chris Highcock, deputy counting officer for Ed Council at mock polling booths in City Chambers ''Ballot box, polling place.

PIC LISA FERGUSON 03/09/2014'Chris Highcock, deputy counting officer for Ed Council at mock polling booths in City Chambers ''Ballot box, polling place.

Another especially busy polling place was at Woodlands Games Hall, by Comely Park Primary School.

“it’s been non-stop, it’s the busiest I’ve ever seen,” said Ijaz Ashraf, a No campaigner from Lionthorn. “Everyone has been very friendly.”

More than 1500 people had cast their ballot at the polling station by 2 p.m.

The polls close at 10 p.m. tonight.