All Under One Banner

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All Under One Banner have been organising marches to support Scottish independence for a couple of years now. Glasgow marches were particularly well attended, however in the summer of 2018 the AUOB organisers announced a march through the centre of Edinburgh, destined to be the largest one yet.

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The weather promised to be a lovely and sunny, so I grabbed a bunch of Ektar 100 colour film and a Canon 300V SLR. Ektar is my favourite colour film, sure to be vibrant enough to bring out the best in the colourful flags and banners.

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The march started at the foot of the castle, where the crowds assembled and unfurled the flags. Plenty of pipers too, of course, and lots of indy-supporting groups with their banners on display.

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The route went down the High street, all the way to Holyrood park. The bemused looking tourists were very entertaining also!

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The Canon SLR is a more modern film camera, complete with autofocus and auto exposure. Sometimes it’s pleasant to have everything automated, just point and click.

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In the end it was a fun march, my own highlights being the ‘indy’ dogs and the bikers for ‘indy’ – the roar of the motorbikes coming into the park was really quite spectacular.

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The organisers estimated 100,000 people on the march. I would say it was a few less than that, probably about 50,000+. Either way that’s a lot of people on the streets, and a lot of flags. When trying to take good photos all those flags can be a bit of a pain!

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