Pro-Independence Groups Plan Rally

Thousands of people will gather in the centre of Glasgow for a rally organised by pro-independence campaigners.

Organisers say 13,000 people have confirmed they will attend the event, to be held in the city's George Square just over three weeks after Scotland voted No in the referendum.

The five-hour Hope Over Fear rally is aimed at maintaining the momentum of the Yes movement, which won 45% of the vote on September 18.

It comes as the country's main political parties submitted their proposals to the commission tasked with agreeing more powers for the Scottish Parliament.

Speakers include actors Martin Compston and Paul Brannigan, Tommy Sheridan, co-convenor of Solidarity Scotland, and Denis Curran of the charity Loaves and Fishes, which provides food banks.

The event will also see those attending donate to a food bank drive.

Organisers say the rally will also include live music and entertainment for children, and will be a "peaceful and positive day''.

A Hope Over Fear spokesman said: "This is going to be one of those great days that we will never forget. There will be people there from babies to pensioners and all ages in between.

"People will be bringing their flasks and sandwiches and settling down for a full day of fun and entertainment. We invite everyone to come and join us. Yes voters, No voters, non-voters and anyone who has an interest in being part of a peaceful day and who would like to hear some ideas about an alternative Scotland.''

Mr Sheridan said: "We decided with the success of the Hope Over Fear tour that saw me speaking at 111 meetings all over Scotland we should look to arrange something to continue that and to bring Yes voters together.

"The response has been astounding and shows how strong the will of the people of Scotland is for a radical change to politics and they are willing to be the ones to make that change happen.''

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