AUOB March Edinburgh – 5th October 2019
Well that was a day that will go down in the history books! Over 200,000 people took to the streets of our capital city to show that there is indeed an appetite for Scottish Independence.
Old folk, youngsters, less mobile folk , kids, dogs, families – you name it and they were there. And we’re very proud to say so were we.
We put out our biggest band to date – 23 pipers and 16 drummers all proudly wearing their blue bonnets and leading the march through the streets.
What you may not have noticed in the excitement is that we also had 23 none playing members, 3 kids and a dog on the team all doing their own special job to make sure everything ran smoothly. Support vehicle drivers, stewards, the dream team on the stall, etc without whom it wouldnt be possible.
Those who were able to get to Edinburgh early gathered at the Meadows and travelled together on a band bus to Holyrood for the start. Those who couldnt make it that early met them at the start – lets face it even in a crowd that big they are not that difficult to find !
We did something which was very special for some of us. In a break with Pipe band tradition, we put all our lady pipers in the front rank for the march (although some of you could be forgiven for not noticing as they chose to wear fake beards). It may not seem like a big deal but it meant a lot to some of our female members.
Words cant really describe the day adequately – the noise, the people, the buzz of excitement, the rain, the hope ….
But as always we have a huge photographic record of our day that you can browse in our Gallery at https://saoralbapd.scot/projects/the-big-one/