ALL Under One Banner and local Yes groups in Aberdeen are continuing to prepare for next Saturday’s march and rally for independence in the city.

As we report on page three of today’s paper, local police have recommended to the City of Aberdeen Council that the event be subject to a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order, but AUOB say they will proceed without one.

In which case, the route of the march will be right through the city centre from Albyn Place via Union Street to Castlegate where the rally will take place.

It is the first time AUOB has held a march in Aberdeen, the largest conurbation in Scotland in which they have not done so to date.

Estimates of the likely attendance vary between 10,000 and 20,000. It is estimated the march will take an hour, with two hours set aside for the rally in Castlegate where speakers and musicians will perform. AUOB said: “It is onwards and upwards for the AUOB team as we busily gear up for the March for Independence in Aberdeen when the independence movement will descend upon the Granite City (the third largest city in Scotland) with an estimated attendance of 20,000 participants in what will be the biggest pro-independence demonstration in the history of north-east Scotland.

“At the end of the march at Castlegate, we are hosting a rally with political speakers and performers, which will be followed closely by an after party being organised by the local group Aye Aberdeen running from 7pm-1am.

“These are very exciting times for Scotland and we can’t wait to see the vocal majority take to the streets of Aberdeen with Saltires rampant in just over a week’s time.”

AUOB and Aye Aberdeen have asked those wishing to participate to gather early, with the march leaving Albyn Place at 1.30pm prompt.

The local group said: “Aye Aberdeen will be supporting AUOB to help make this the biggest pro-independence demonstration the north-east of Scotland has ever seen.

“Everyone is welcome to take part, no ticket required for the march or the rally. Just turn up. Bring your flags, banners, pipes & drums.”

At the after party, Aye Aberdeen will present an evening of entertainment to round off the day’s events.

Music will be provided by North 56, Stuart McHardy & Dave Moir, The Graham Brown Band, Fish Feathers MacTeeth (Sandy Mathers) Wayne Martin, Jim Rodden & Charlie Wood and Saor Alba Pipe Band

The venue is The Tunnels at Carnegie’s Brae in Aberdeen, with doors open at 7.30pm. Entry is £5.

It is already clear that independence supporters are coming from all over Scotland to march in Aberdeen.