Around 500 people were involved in Stornoway's first pro-Scottish Independence March which was held today (Saturday 27 April.)

Organised by the Outer Hebrides For Independence group, the march was a family-friendly day with live music, stalls and face painting.  The march passed off without any incidents despite the disruption to traffic as the long column of marchers with flags wound round xthe town centre.

In recent years, hundreds of independence marches have taken place all over Scotland. This Saturday’s march was created to allow pro-independence supporters from the islands to take place in an independence march closer to home.

Alasdair Allan MSP said afterwards: “Thanks to Saor Alba pipers, Yes bikers and many, many others for making the first ever Outer Hebrides for Scottish Independence march today such good fun!

The gathering point was on the car park and wasteland across from Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s offices on Sandwick Road.  People started gather from noon onwards with the march itself due to beginning at 2pm and taking an hour or more to progress via Matheson Road, Bayhead, Cromwell Street, Castle Street and South Beach to return to the car park.

There was a nationwide reaction to immediate and live video coverage on welovestornoway.com’s Twitter and Facebook accounts – with thousands of people viewing the videos and commenting on the level of support shown.