THE third annual Forward as One march and rally for independence brought thousands of independence supporters on to the streets of Dunfermline on Saturday.

A thunderous throttling roar from the Yes Bikers greeted the marchers as they entered Pittencrieff Park led by the Saor Alba Pipes and Drums.

Hundreds of Saltires and flags of other countries fluttered in the high winds that did not affect the march.

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Dunfermline and West Fife SNP MP Douglas Chapman tweeted: “A peaceful, friendly, well organised march for independence today in Dunfermline. I started at the front of the march ended up at the back as I stopped to chat to so many constituents. Great craic all the way!”

Calling on No voters to think again, the veteran independence campaigner and blogger Peter A Bell told the rally: “The Union is an abomination, an affront to democracy and an insult to the people of Scotland.

“The Union was created in a different age, an age before democracy. It had nothing to do with the interests of the people of Scotland or England. It was solely for the benefit of an economic and political elite.

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“The successors of that elite are the inheritors of privilege and they are the ones who continue to benefit from the Union.

Brexit amply demonstrates how the Union makes Scotland subordinate and inferior and inconsequential.

“But I have a message for our First Minister. Brexit is not the problem, the Union is the problem.”